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Plant Form: Spreading herb.
Size: Up to 2 m long.
Stem: Green to brown, rounded with ridges, spines 5-10 mm long.
Leaves: Slender pointed flattened stems (cladodes) function as leaves, 15-25 mm long, and in clusters of 1-5.
Flowers: White to pale pink about 5 mm diameter in clusters of 4-8.
Fruit and Seeds: Berry, green to glossy red, 5-8 mm wide, with either 1 or few seeds.
Habitat: Urban fringes, degraded land to native vegetation, in partial or full shade.
Distinguishing Features: Most likely to be confused with Asparagus fern (Asparagus scandens) but can be distinguished by having grouped flowers on a short stem, and longer and wider cladodes.
Environmental, Invasive Garden Escapee