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Genus: Aster

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Family: Asteraceae > Tribe: Astereae

About 250 species, found mainly in the northern hemisphere. There are 17 indigenous and one naturalised species in southern Africa, with an additional seven species cultivated in the region.  

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Aster ananthocladus

 

Aster bakerianus

phoa [South Sotho]; noxgxekana, umthekisana [Xhosa]; udlatshana, umaqhunsula, umhlungwana [Zulu]

See KwaZulu-Natal wild flowers by Elsa Pooley p. 440; Eastern Cape wild flowers by John Manning, Auriol Batten & Hertha Bokelmann p. 276.

Aster bowiei

 

Aster chimanimaniensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe.

 

Aster comptonii

 

Aster confertifolius

 

Aster erucifolius

 

Aster harveyanus

Bloublommetjie [Afrikaans]

See KwaZulu-Natal wild flowers by Elsa Pooley p. 440; Wild Flowers of the Highveld by Braam van Wyk and Sasa Malan p. 244. and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Aster laevigatus

 

Aster lydenburgensis

 

Aster nubimontis

 

Aster peglerae

See Wild Flowers of the Highveld by Braam van Wyk and Sasa Malan p. 40

Aster perfoliatus (Grey-leaved Aster)

Grysblaar-aster [Afrikaans]

See KwaZulu-Natal wild flowers by Elsa Pooley p. 440.

Aster pinnatifidus

 

Aster pleiocephalus

See KwaZulu-Natal wild flowers by Elsa Pooley p. 210.

Aster pseudobakeranus

 

Aster zuluensis

 

Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa (POSA) - an online checklist (SANBI).

Aster squamatus

 

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002). The species name is provided in genera that have only one species represented in southern Africa.  

Aster azureus

Native to the USA and Canada.

 

Aster ericoides

Native to the USA and Canada.

 

Aster laevis

Native to the USA and Canada.

 

Aster lautureanus

Native to China.

 

Aster novi-belgii (Michaelmas daisy)

Native to the eastern USA and Canada.

 

Aster puniceus

Native to USA and Canada.

 

Aster tongolensis

Native to China.

 

Publications

  • Lippert, W. 1973. Revision der gattung Aster in Afrika. Mitteilungen der Botanischen Staatssammlung München 11: 153-258.

 
 
 

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