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Family Profile

Asparagaceae

Family Description

A family of about 153 genera and 2480 species, worldwide.

Genera

Asparagus - A genus of about 160 species in Europe, Africa, Asia, Malesia and Australia; one species occurs naturally in Australia and five or more species have become naturalised. Clifford & Conran (1987a,b); Malcomber & Sebsebe Demissew (1993).

Cordyline - A genus of about 20 species in Asia, Malesia, Australia and New Zealand; eight species occur naturally in Australia. Pedley & Forster (1986).

Eustrephus - A monotypic genus in Malesia, Australia and the Pacific islands. Conran & Clifford (1986); Laferriere, J.E. (1995).

Lomandra - A genus of about 50 species in Australia, New Guinea and New Caledonia; about 50 species occur naturally in Australia. Lee & Macfarlane (1986).

Pleomele - A genus of about 140 species in Asia, Malesia and the Pacific islands; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Pedley & Forster (1986).

Romnalda - A genus of 4 species from Australia and New Guinea; 3 species occur naturally in Australia. Conran et al (2008)

References

Clifford, H.T. & Conran, J.G. (1987a). Asparagus. Flora of Australia.45: 159.

Clifford, H.T. & Conran, J.G. (1987b). Protoasparagus. Flora of Australia. 45: 159-163.

Conran et al (2008) Romnalda ophiopogonoides (Asparagales: Laxmanniaceae), a new and endangered species from the Wet Tropics bioregion of north-east Queensland. Telopea 12(2).

Conran, J.G. & Clifford, H.T. (1986). Smilacaceae. In 'Flora of Australia.' Vol. 46, (Australian Government Publishing Service: Canberra.), pp. 180-196.

Henderson, R. J. F. (1986). Flora of Australia. 46: 91-92.

Lee, A.T. & Macfarlane, T.D. (1986). In 'Flora of Australia.' Vol. 46.

Laferriere, J.E. (1995). Nomenclature and type specimens in Eustrephus R.Br. and Geitonoplesium Hook. (Geitonoplesiaceae). Austrobaileya 4(3):391-399.

Pedley, L. & Forster, P.I. (1986). Agavaceae. Flora of Australia. 46: 71-88.

S.G.A.P.(Qld Region) Logan River Branch Inc (2005) Mangroves to mountains. Volume 2.

Shapcott, A., Bau, B. & Katik, P. (2008). Botanical Journal of the Linnaean Society 157: 455-474.