Native, naturalized and cultivated Asparagaceae in Western Australia

Greg Keighery, Science and Information Division, Department of Conservation and Land Management, PO Box 51, Wanneroo, WA 6065, Australia.


The Asparagaceae consists of one large variable genus, Asparagus with two subgenera, Asparagus and Myrsiphyllum. The bridal creeper, which is widely naturalized in Western Australia, is Asparagus asparagoides (L.) W.Wight. The bridal veil, a potentially serious weed in the same State, is Asparagus declinatus L. Since there are over 100 species of wild Asparagus in climatically similar regions to southern Western Australia, the importation and cultivation of this invasive genus should be discouraged.


Plant Protection Quarterly (1996) 11 (2) 49-50.