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Asparagus officinalis L.
GARDEN ASPARAGUS
Asparagus prostratus; Asparagus officinalis subsp officinalis L; Common Asparagus

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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Agaricaceae  Phoma asparagi @ BPI (11)

Phoma media @ BPI (2)
Aphididae  Aphis ( @ CSCA_TCN (11); CSUC_TCN (1)

Brachycorynella asparagi @ CSCA_TCN (147)

Brevicoryne brassicae @ CSCA_TCN (1)

Hyalopterus pruni @ CSCA_TCN (3)

Lipaphis pseudobrassicae @ CSCA_TCN (1)

Macrosiphum ( @ CSCA_TCN (1)

Myzus ( @ CSCA_TCN (2)

Sitobion ( @ CSCA_TCN (1)
Apidae  Bombus fervidus @ UCMS_ENT (1)
Botryosphaeriaceae  Diplodia asparagi @ BPI (1)

Macrophoma @ BPI (2)
Clypeosphaeriaceae  Clypeosphaeria asparagi @ BPI (1)
Corticiaceae  Rhizoctonia crocorum @ BPI (1)

Rhizoctonia violacea @ BPI (3)
Davidiellaceae  Cladosporium fasciculare @ BPI (2)

Cladosporium herbarum @ BPI (1)

Cladosporium @ BPI (2)
Dermateaceae  Phlyctema asparagi @ BPI (1)
Diaporthaceae  Diaporthe asparagi @ BPI (2)

Phomopsis asparagi @ BPI (3)

Phomopsis javanica @ BPI (1)
Diaspididae  Pinnaspis strachani @ CSCA_TCN (1)
Glomerellaceae  Colletotrichum liliacearum @ BPI (3)

Colletotrichum @ BPI (2)
Gnomoniaceae  Gnomoniella asparagina @ BPI (1)
Halictidae  Halictus ligatus @ BBSL (1)
Helicinidae  Hendersonia asparagi @ BPI (1)
Megachilidae  Megachile centuncularis @ CUIC_ENT (1)
Mycosphaerellaceae  Cercospora asparagi @ 433135A (1); BPI (16); 433135B (1)

Cercospora caulicola @ BPI (2)

Rhabdospora asparagi @ BPI (1)

Rhabdospora @ BPI (1)
Nectriaceae  Fusarium asparagi @ BPI (2)

Fusarium delacroixii @ 452064B (1); 452064A (1)

Fusarium moniliforme @ 452435B (1); 452435A (1)

Fusarium roseum @ BPI (1)

Fusarium subulatum @ BPI (1)

Fusarium @ BPI (4)

Gibberella pulicaris @ BPI (3)

Gibberella saubinetii @ BPI (2)
Phaeosphaeriaceae  Leptosphaeria asparagina @ BPI (1)

Leptosphaeria doliolum @ BPI (2)
Pleosporaceae  Alternaria fasciculata @ BPI (3)

Alternaria tenuis @ 446909A (1); 446909B (1)

Epicoccum purpurascens @ BPI (5)

Epicoccum @ BPI (1)

Macrosporium commune @ BPI (3)

Pleospora asparagi @ BPI (5)

Pleospora herbarum @ BPI (8)
Pseudococcidae  Spilococcus eriogoni @ CSCA_TCN (2)
Psyllidae  Nyctiphalerus vermiculosus @ CSCA_TCN (1)
Pucciniaceae  Puccinia asarina @ BPI (1)

Puccinia asparagi @ 048053C (1); 048054B (1); 048094A (1); BPI (311); 047914B (1); 047971B (1); 048053A (1); 048054A (1); 048050B (1); 048050A (1); 047971A (1); 047914A (1); 048053B (1)
Pythiaceae  Pythium @ BPI (3)
Sclerotiniaceae  Botrytis cinerea @ 412366A (1); 412366B (1)

Botrytis vulgaris @ BPI (2)
Turritellidae  Vermicularia liliacearum @ BPI (4)
Zopfiaceae  Richonia variospora @ BPI (2)

Zopfia rhizophila @ BPI (11)
_  Ascochyta @ BPI (2)

Botryodiplodia @ BPI (2)

Darluca filum @ BPI (2)

Neomyzus circumflexum @ CSCA_TCN (3)

Torula herbarum @ BPI (2)

Trichothecium roseum @ BPI (1)

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Delaware Wildflowers  •  Scientific names

Asparagus officinalis L. Garden Asparagus
Asparagaceae — Asparagus family
Non-native
Asparagus officinalis
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Asparagus officinalis L.

Asparagus

Asparagus officinalis plant

Family - Liliaceae

Habit - Rhizomatous, dioecious, perennial.

Stems - Spreading to erect, to 2 m, herbaceous, much branched, glabrous, green. Branches filiform, thin and drooping.

Leaves - Alternate and reduced to triangular scales on main stem, glabrous. Leaves of upper branches linear, to 2.5 cm long, 0.5 mm broad, in groups of 1-5 per node, glabrous, appearing as if in fascicles like pine needles.

Inflorescence - Single or paired flowers from nodes of aerial stems. Pedicels jointed, 8-15 m long, glabrous.

Flowers - Perianth 3-6 mm long, that of the pistillate flowers slightly shorter than that of the staminate flowers, bell-shaped, the tepals oblong-elliptic, fused at the base, rounded at apex, greenish white to greenish yellow, glabrous. Stamens 6, fused to the base of the perianth, not exserted. Filaments to 3 mm long, glabrous. Anthers orange. Style 1, with 3 short stigmas. Ovary superior, 1.8 mm long, with 3 locules, each with 2 ovules.

Asparagus officinalis flowers3 Flower.

Asparagus officinalis flowers4

Fruits - Berries 8-10 mm long, globose, red at maturity, glabrous, with 3-6 seeds.

Flowering - May - June.

Habitat - Pastures, fencerows, fields, old homesites, disturbed sites, open woods, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to Europe.

Other info. - This plant is found sporadically throughout most of Missouri and the continental U.S. It is easy to recognize from its large habit and frilly "leaves" which are actually highly divided stems. The flowers are small and relatively inconspicuous. Pistillate plants are more noticeable late in the season, with round red berries contrasting with the green plants.

The springtime stem shoots are the highly prized, edible stage of the plant. They are cut or snapped at ground level shortly after emerging in the early springtime, before the buds begin to open out. Aficionados stress the importance of snapping asparagus, as this practice harvests only the tender part of the shoot, leaving behind the more woody portion. A well established colony of rhizomes will continue producing shoots ("spears") for a month or more. White asparagus is obtained by simply keeping shoots covered with mulch during their development, such that chlorophyll production is arrested. White and green asparagus come from the same species or even the same plant.

Asparagus contains an unusual cyclic disulfide with the common name of "asparagusic acid." Human metabolic processing of this compound results in the well known phenomenon of smelly urine. The odor is due to a variety of volatile organic sulfur compounds and appears in the urine remarkably quickly, sometimes within 15 minutes of the vegetable's consumption. The typical half life of the odor is around 4 h. A small minority of humans do not produce smelly urine, either because the precursor is not absorbed from the GI tract, or because it is metabolized in a different manner.

The plants growing wild in Missouri are assignable to ssp. officinalis . Most recent taxonomic classifications place this plant in the family Asparagaceae .

Photographs taken at the Martha LaFite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, Clay County, MO., 5-12-00 (DETenaglia); also along the Katy Trail near Augusta, St. Charles County, MO, 4-28-2012 (SRTurner).


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Asparagus officinalis L.
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General Information
Symbol: ASOF
Group: Monocot
Family: Liliaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : CAN   I
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SPM   I
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Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 514. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society . Scanned by Omnitek Inc . Usage Requirements .

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Synonyms

Symbol Scientific Name
ASOFO2 Asparagus officinalis L. ssp. officinalis

Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae – Lily family
Genus Asparagus L. – asparagus
Species Asparagus officinalis L. – garden asparagus

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Wetland Status

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North America
Arid West FACU
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FACU
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACU
Great Plains FACU
Midwest FACU
Northcentral & Northeast FACU
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACU

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