Asparagus aethiopicus’ great escape…..

This plant isn’t commonly known as the Wild asparagus in English for no reason!!!!

Currently busy trying to get out of Steenbok by climbing over the wooden fence along Links Drive, this spiny perennial climber with sprawling stems, fibrous and tuberous roots is the most prolific of the Asparagus family in the Reserve and occurs naturally in the Kingfisher Creek area.

The leaves are bright green, fern-like, with almost needle-like leaflets of up to eight in a cluster. The flowers are star-like and fragrant, white and small. The fruit, which is a bright, round, shiny, red berry will be ripening in the next few weeks.