1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Aster L.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Temp. Eurasia to Jawa, NW. Africa, Subarctic America to NW. U.S.A.

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    Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

    Habit
    Herbs with tuberous roots or woody rhizomes, rarely annual herbs or small shrubs
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, entire or dentate-pinnatifid
    Capitulum
    Capitula heterogamous, usually radiate, few–many-flowered, solitary or in corymbs; phyllaries 3–4(–5)-seriate, imbricate, the outer shorter than the inner
    Florets
    Ray florets female, usually 1-seriate, sometimes with staminodes; central flowers hermaphrodite, tubular, 5-lobed, anthers linear, obtuse at the base, with a lanceolate appendage at the apex, style bifid with linear branches
    Fruits
    Achenes ellipsoid or obovoid, slightly compressed, pubescent and glandular; pappus of many usually unequal bristles, rarely double with an outer row of scale-like bristles.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Afghanistan, Alaska, Albania, Alberta, Altay, Amur, Assam, Austria, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Buryatiya, Central European Rus, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Chita, Colorado, Czechoslovakia, East European Russia, East Himalaya, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hainan, Hungary, Idaho, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Jawa, Kazakhstan, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Krym, Laos, Manchuria, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Ogasawara-shoto, Ontario, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Primorye, Qinghai, Romania, Sakhalin, South European Russi, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yugoslavia, Yukon

    Introduced into:

    Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Masachusettes, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Northwest European R, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode I., Tennessee, West Virginia

    Aster L. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Sp. Pl. 2: 872 (1753)

    Accepted by

    • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • K. Bremer, Asteraceae Clad. & Class.: 413 (1994)
    • Lisowski, Aster. Fl. Afr. Centr. 1: 39 (1991)
    • W. Lippert in Mitt. Bot. Staats., München 11: 153-258 (1973)
    • Sp. Pl.: 872 (1753)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0