Astereae is a tribe of plants in the family Asteraceae that includes annuals, biennials, perennials, subshrubs, shrubs, and trees. Plants within the tribe are present nearly worldwide divided into 170 genera and more than 2,800 species, making it the second-largest tribe in the family behind Senecioneae. They are found primarily in temperate regions of the world.[1]

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Erigeron glaucus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Supertribe: Asterodae
Tribe: Astereae

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The taxonomy of the tribe Astereae has been dramatically changed after both morphologic and molecular evidence suggested that large genera such as Aster, as well as many others, needed to be separated into several genera or shifted to better reflect the plants' relationships. A paper by R. D. Noyes and L. H. Rieseberg[2] showed that most of the genera within the tribe in North America actually belong to a single clade, meaning they have a common ancestor. This is referred to as the North American clade. Guy L. Nesom and Harold E. Robinson have been two of the most important taxonomists involved in the recent work and are continuing to re-categorise the genera within the tribe worldwide.[1]

Selected generaEdit

Sources: FNA,[1] E+M,[3] UniProt,[4] NHNSW,[5] AFPD[6]


  1. ^ a b c Brouillet, Luc; Barkley, Theodore M.; Strother, John L. "187k. Asteraceae Martinov tribe Astereae Cassini". Flora of North America. New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press. 20: 3, 20, 23, 39, 78, 102, 108, 257. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
  2. ^ Richard D. Noyes and Loren H. Rieseberg (1999). "ITS sequence data support a single origin for North American Astereae (Asteraceae) and reflect deep geographic divisions in Aster s.l." American Journal of Botany. 86 (3): 398–412. doi:10.2307/2656761. JSTOR 2656761. PMID 10077502.
  3. ^ Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem. "Details for: Astereae". Euro+Med PlantBase. Freie Universität Berlin. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
  4. ^ UniProt. "Tribe Astereae". Retrieved 2008-06-12.
  5. ^ National Herbarium of New South Wales. "Genus Kippistia". New South Wales FloraOnline. Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
  6. ^ "Polyarrhena Cass". African Plants Database. South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève and Tela Botanica. Retrieved 2008-06-13.[dead link]

External linksEdit

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