Asparagaceae  Juss., 1789 nom. cons.

pronounced: as-pah-uh-GAY-see-eye

the asparagus family

Some members of this family were formerly included in Liliaceae.

Ασφαραγος (aspharagos) Flora von Deutschland was the ancient Greek name for the plant Asparagus officinalis, the asparagus we eat.
The family consists of shrubs, lianas, herbs and herbaceous climbers, some being switch-plants with the principal photosynthesizing functions transferred to stems (as represented by axillary clusters of cladodes). Underground perennating organs may be present: rhizomes, bulbs, corms, tuberous roots or a woody caudex. Inflorescences are often racemose, but spikes, panicles and cymose inflorescences are also encountered. Fruits are often capsular, but berries are also common, and other fruit types occur. The seeds are often black due to the presence of phytomelan.

Agave americana - American Aloe

Agave attenuata - Fox-tail Agave

Agave desmettiana - Century Plant

Agave gypsophila - Gypsum Century Plant

Asparagus aethiopicus - Ground Asparagus Fern

Asparagus densiflorus - Foxtail Fern

Asparagus draco (syn.) - Dragon's Blood Tree

Asparagus officinalis - Garden Asparagus

Asparagus plumosus - Feathered Asparagus Fern

Asparagus setaceus (syn.) - Feathered Asparagus Fern

Beaucarnea recurvata - Ponytail Palm

Cordyline fruticosa - Cordyline

Cordyline terminalis (syn.) - Cordyline

Dracaena braunii - Lucky Chinese Bamboo

Dracaena draco - Dragon's Blood Tree

Dracaena fragrans - Happy Plant

Dracaena fragrans var. massangeana (syn.) - Happy Plant

Dracaena reflexa - Malaysian Dracaena

Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia - Song of India

Dracaena reflexa var. reflexa - Red-edged Dracaena

Dracaena sanderiana (syn.) - Lucky Chinese Bamboo

Dracaena surculosa var. punctulata - Spotted Dracaena

Dracaena terminalis (syn.) - Cordyline

Eustrephus latifolius - Wombat Berry Vine

Liriope spp. - Border Grass

Liriope muscari - Border Grass

Liriope spicata - Border Grass

Lomandra hystrix - Slender Mat-rush

Lomandra longifolia - Spiny-headed Mat-rush

Nolina recurvata (syn.) - Ponytail Palm

Pleomele reflexa (syn.)- Malaysian Dracaena

Sansevieria cylindrica - Spear Sanseviera

Sansevieria trifasciata - Mother-in-law's Tongue

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Hahnii' - Bird's Nest Sansevieria

Yucca aloifolia - Spanish Bayonet

Yucca elephantipes (syn.) - Spineless Yucca

Yucca gigantea - Spineless Yucca

Yucca guatemalensis (syn.) - Spineless Yucca

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