Astelia is a genus of flowering plants in the recently named family Asteliaceae. They are rhizomatous tufted perennials native to various islands in the Pacific, Indian, and South Atlantic Oceans, as well as to Australia and to the southernmost tip of South America. A significant number of the known species are endemic to New Zealand.[1][2] The species generally grow in forests, swamps and amongst low alpine vegetation; occasionally they are epiphytic.[3]

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Astelia hemichrysa in Réunion
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asteliaceae
Genus: Astelia
Banks & Sol. ex R.Br.
  • Funckia Willd.
  • Hamelinia A.Rich.


Astelia spp. growing on Agathis australis in Trounson Kauri Park, North Island, New Zealand
Astelia alpina

The genus is divided into a number of subgenera and these are further divided into sections. These contain the following species:[4][5]


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  3. ^ Dawson John; Rob Lucas (2005). The nature of plants: habitats, challenges, and adaptations. Timber Press. ISBN 0-88192-675-2. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
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  5. ^ Birch, Joanne L. (2015), "Corrigenda: A revision of infrageneric classification in Astelia Banks & Sol. ex R.Br. (Asteliaceae)", PhytoKeys, 56: 127–128, doi:10.3897/phytokeys.56.6517, PMC 4612781, PMID 26494977
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