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Genus Neoastelia Family Asteliaceae

Description: Tufted perennial herbs, rhizomatous.

Leaves 3-ranked, linear to lanceolate, keeled, sheath closed at base, lower surface silvery white indumentum of filiform scales.

Inflorescence a terminal panicle; lower branches subtended by leafy bracts; upper bracts membranous. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic. Tepals 10–14, fused below. Tepals 10–14, inserted on perianth tube; anthers introrse, dehiscing by longitudinal slits. Ovary 5–7-locular; placentas axile, expanded into elongate lobes.

Fruit a berry; seeds numerous.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 1 species, endemic Australia. Australia: 1 species, endemic.

This genus has been included in the Liliaceae s. lat.

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Neoastelia spectabilis

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