Tasmania advises Tasmanian importers and distributors of nursery
plants that cultivars of (Plant Biosecurity Manual List A plant species) Asparagus aethiopicus have
been detected in outlets, and removed from sale.
Tasmania will be closely monitoring nursery imports for A. aethiopicus cultivars.
These will be prevented entry to Tasmania, and removed from sale if found in
Biosecurity Manual List A species Asparagus
aethiopicus (common names include asparagus fern, ground asparagus,
basket asparagus fern, and basket asparagus) has been detected on sale in
several retail outlets in Tasmania during 2018. The detected plants were
labelled only under trade/cultivar names, without a species name. The plants
have been referred to as ‘Asparagus
Meyerii’, but could potentially be referred to under a long list of cultivar
names, including (but not limited to) Asparagus
‘Sprengeri’, and Asparagus ‘Variegata’.
plants are regarded as cultivars of Asparagus
aethiopicus, and were formally declared as weeds in 2017 under
the Weed Management Act 1999.
Propagation, trade in, and movement of these plants in Tasmania is
Tasmania requests that horticultural plant wholesalers and retailers remain
vigilant in ensuring no Asparagus
aethiopicus plants are on offer, or in their stock. These plants
may be labelled only under their cultivar name so if there is
any doubt industry members are asked to please contact Biosecurity
Tasmania to have the plants identified.
If you have any questions regarding this
matter, please contact Michael Noble, Program Coordinator (Invasive Species),
Biosecurity Operations Branch, Phone 03 6478 4128 or email email@example.com