Asparagus aphyllus

Asparagus aphyllus L.

Common Names

عقول جبل (عَقول جبل) (Arabic), شوك (Arabic)

Languages: English

Overview

Description

Woody at base; branches intricate,
angular,
scabridulous; leaves minute,
deltoid,
scale-like; cladodes 3-6,
0.5-1 cm,
in a cluster,
rigid,
unequal,
spreading,
linear,
angular,
spinescent at tip; flowers 1-2; c. 2.5 mm,
pedicels 2-3 mm,
nodding,
jointed below middle; perianth-segments c. 2.5 mm,
stellate,
the inner shorter than the outer,
incurved; berry 6-7 mm,
globose,
blackish,
1-seeded; seeds c. 4 mm,
globose,
rugose,
black.

Description

Size

Height: 40-80 cm

Ecology and Distribution

Global Distribution

Sardinia,
Sicily,
Greece,
Crete,
North Africa,
Palestine.

Distribution in Egypt

Egypt,
Egypt

Habitat

Rocky ground.

Life Expectancy

Perennial

References

F.N., Hepper., & I. Friis. (1994).  The Plants of Pehr Forsskal's "Flora Ageyptiaco-Arabica". Kew: Kew Publishing..
L., Boulos. (Submitted).  Flora of Egypt. Cairo: Al Hadara Publishing..
V., Täckholm. (1974).  Students’ Flora of Egypt, 2nd Ed. Cairo: Cairo University Press..
V., Täckholm., & M. Drar. (Submitted).  Flora of Egypt. Bulletin of the Faculty of Science. Cairo: Cairo University Press..