PlantNET Home PlantNET Home | Search NSW Flora | Contact Us  
FloraOnline
Introduction
Plant Name Search
Index Search
Spatial Search
Identification Keys
Classification
Glossary
HerbLink (Type Images)
WeedAlert
Other PlantNET Sites
Other Data Sources
NEW SOUTH WALES FLORA ONLINE Printable Page

Family Asteliaceae

Description: Rhizomatous herbs, shrubs or small trees with tufted leaves.

Leaves often 3-ranked, linear to elliptic, with numerous longitudinal veins, base sometimes narrowed and petiole-like, sheathing.

Inflorescence of bracteate racemes. Flowers actinomorphic, unisexual or bisexual, usually 3-merous or rarely 5–7-merous. Tepals usually 6 in 2 whorls, free or basally fused. Stamens usually 6; filaments free; anthers ± basifixed, introrse, dehiscing by longitudinal slits. Ovary superior, usually 3-locular, sometimes 1- or 5–7-locular; ovules few–many per loculus; stigma sessile minutely 3-lobed.

Fruit a berry or capsule; seeds few–numerous.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 5 genera, c. 52 species, mainly Southern Hemisphere, chiefly Pacific islands, southern Amer, New Zealand, Australia. Australia: 4 genera, 12 species, Qld, N.S.W., Vic., Tas.

External links:
Angiosperm Phylogeny Website (Family: Asteliaceae, Order: Asparagales)
Wikipedia

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

 Key to the genera 
1Tufted rhizomatous herbs, aerial parts usually covered with silvery scales and/or hairs; species of NT and ST2
Shrubs with leaves tufted at apex of woody aerial stems, glabrous; species of NC and CCCordyline
2Flowers unisexual, 3-merous; fruit red or orange-yellow; ST speciesAstelia
Flowers bisexual, 5–7-merous; fruit light green; NT species
                       Back to 1
Neoastelia

  Privacy | Copyright | Disclaimer | About PlantNET | Cite PlantNET