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Plant Form: Perennial climber.
Size: Up to 5 m long.
Stem: Wiry, with short-hooked spines to 5 mm long. Short, green shoots form pseudo-leaves (cladodes) replacing true leaves.
Leaves: Reduced, scale-like, replaced by very narrow cladodes 4-5 mm long, hairless, in dense clusters of 8-15.
Flowers: Solitary or in pairs, greenish to white, with six petal-like tepals 3-4 mm long. On stalks 1-2.5 mm long.
Fruit and Seeds: Blackish, spherical berry 4-5 mm across, with single seed.
Habitat: Old gardens, bushland, often coastal.
Distinguishing Features: Similar to Asparagus africanus but with blackish berries and shorter cladodes.
Environmental, Invasive Garden Escapee