Common Name:- Mediterranean Asparagus
Meaning:- Asparagus. The Greek name for plants sprouting edible shoots from
Aphyllus (Gr) Without leaves, leafless.
General description:- Hairless rhizomatous perennials with tough stems,
sometimes becoming woody, often with a rather ferny appearance.
Leaves:- Replaced by a green leaf-like flattened stem resembling spikes but
functioning as a leaf, borne usually in clusters; true leaves reduced to small
papery, bract-like structures.
Flowers:- Small, whitish or greenish, bell-shaped, in groups of 3-6.
Fruit:- Berry, black when ripe, 7-8mm.
Habitat:- Dry places, hedges, rocky habitats and scrub.
Distribution:- S. Italy, S. Greece, Crete, N. Africa and E. Med. Widespread and
common on Crete.
Flowering time:- Apr-Oct.
Photo by:- Steve Lenton Katharo 13/06/2008