Asparagus

 

Asparagus are generally encountered as vegetables, or as 'Asparagus ferns'. They are not ferns at all, but instead related to the lily family.

The decorative species from Africa are sometimes include in the genus 'Protasparagus'.

Species and varieties
Asparagus asparagoides (Cape Smilax, Smilax Asparagus)
Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers' (Myers Asparagus)
Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri' (Sprenger Asparagus, Asparagus Fern)
Asparagus officinalis (Garden Asparagus)
Asparagus retrofractus (Pom Pom Asparagus Fern, Ming Asparagus)
Asparagus setaceus (Asparagus Fern)
Asparagus setaceus (Plume Fern)
Asparagus meyeri synonym of Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers' (Myers Asparagus)
Asparagus myersii synonym of Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers' (Myers Asparagus)
Asparagus plumosus synonym of Asparagus setaceus (Asparagus Fern)
Asparagus pyramidalis synonym of Asparagus setaceus (Plume Fern)
Asparagus sprengeri synonym of Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri' (Sprenger Asparagus, Asparagus Fern)

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