Interim profile, incomplete information
Taxonomic name: Asparagus officinalis L.
Synonyms: Asparagus caspius Hohen., Asparagus longifolius Fisch. ex Steud., Asparagus officinalis subsp. officinalis , Asparagus officinalis var. caspius (Hohen.) Asch. & Graebn., Asparagus polyphyllus Steven ex Ledeb.
Common names: asparagus, asperge (French), espargo (Portuguese), espárrago (Spanish), esparraguera (Spanish), garden asparagus, oranda-kiji-kakushi (Japanese), Spargel (German)
Organism type: herb
Garden asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is described as a persistant weed of cultivated land in its introduced range. It is found growing in waste places and along roadsides. It is classified as invasive in New Zealand and the Galapagos islands.
Native range: Africa- Northern Africa: Algeria; Morocco; Tunisia. Asia temperate-Western Asia: Afghanistan; Iran; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia, Dagestan, Siberia: Russian Federation - Altay, Gorno-Altay, Khakassia, Krasnoyarsk, Kurgan, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tyumen. Middle Asia: Kazakhstan, Mongolia. China: Xinjiang
Europe- Northern Europe: Denmark. Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czechoslovakia; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Switzerland. East Europe: Belarus; Moldova; Ukraine. Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Former Yugoslavia; Greece; Italy [incl. Sicily]; Romania. Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain (USDA, ARS, 2010)
Known introduced range: United States (USA), Canada (USDA, NRCS, 2010); Bermuda (Varnham 2010); Cook Islands, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Ecuador-Galapagos, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Seychelles (PIER, 2007).
Compiled by: IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) with support from the Overseas Territories Environmental Programme (OTEP) project XOT603, a joint project with the Cayman Islands Government - Department of Environment
Last Modified: Wednesday, 10 November 2010