Asparagus officinalis
 
Garden Asparagus

Scale Leaf

One Mile West of Melita
21-July-2015

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Asparagus: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta leading to this genus. 
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leaves reduced to thin, dry scales; NOT [leaves green, normal, not scale-like]

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the photosynthetic organs (cladodes) are axillary branches with needle-like  segments]; NOT [cladodes absent]

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flowers axillary; NOT [flowers usually terminal]

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flowers small

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flowers greenish

 

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Liliaceae: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora leading to this family. 
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plants not aquatic, or if growing in water, most of the plant emersed;  NOT  [plants aquatic, floating or submerged, with floating leaves or emersed inflorescence]

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leaves not sheathing the stem

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inflorescence not subtended by strongly sheathing bracts

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flowers not borne in a spathe

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perianth present, conspicuous, in two series of 3 segments, often brightly colored;  NOT [perianth absent or inconspicuous]

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perianth usually large, consisting of sepals and petals usually alike, but petals not deciduous, variously colored]; NOT [perianth small, consisting of 3 green sepals and 3 deciduous whitish petals]

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flowers regular; NOT [flowers irregular]

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stamens 6; NOT [stamens 3], NOT [stamens 1 or 2]

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ovary superior; NOT [ovary inferior]