Kew Bulletin

, Volume 63, Issue 2, pp 269–275 | Cite as

Four new species of Asparagus (Asparagaceae) from the Flora Zambesiaca area

  • Sebsebe Demissew


Four new species of Asparagus (Asparagaceae) from the Flora Zambesiaca area are described and illustrated; the need for more collections is highlighted to assess their conservation status. Asparagus botswanicus Sebsebe is known from a single locality in Botswana; A. chimanimanensis Sebsebe occurs in Zimbabwe and Mozambique; A. richardsiae Sebsebe is known in Zambia and A. radiatus Sebsebe is from a small restricted area (Goba) in Mozambique and Umbeluzi Gorge in Swaziland.

Key words

Asparagaceae Asparagus Flora Zambesiaca area (Botswana Zambia Zimbabwe and Mozambique) new species 



The author would like to acknowledge support for the study on the family Asparagaceae in the Flora Zambesiaca area from the Norwegian University Cooperation (NUFU) and the Royal Society for supporting the completion of the studies in the Flora Zambesiaca area. Special thanks to John and Sandie Burrows for kindly providing ecological information and a specimen of A. radiatus from Swaziland. The Directors of BM, BR, K, LISC PRE, and SRGH are acknowledged for making material available on loan. The Keeper and Staff of the Herbarium, RBG Kew for availing space and support during the study. I would like to thank Melanie Wilmot-Dear for the help with the Latin diagnoses and Juliet Williamson for the illustrations.


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© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The National Herbarium, Science FacultyAddis Ababa UniversityAddis AbabaEthiopia

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