Amsonia

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bluestars
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Amsonia tabernaemontana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Rauvolfioideae
Tribe: Vinceae
Genus: Amsonia
Walter[1]
Synonyms[2]
  • Ansonia Raf.

Amsonia is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, first described as a genus in 1788. It is native primarily to North America with one species in East Asia and another in the eastern Mediterranean.[2][3]

Amsonia is named in honor of the American physician John Amson.[4] Members of the genus are commonly known as bluestars.[5]

Species[2][6][3]
  1. Amsonia ciliata Walter – Fringed Bluestar - SE US, S Great Plains
  2. Amsonia elliptica (Thunb. ex Murray) Roem. & Schult. – Japanese Bluestar - China, Japan, Korea
  3. Amsonia fugatei S.P.McLaughlin – San Antonio Bluestar - New Mexico
  4. Amsonia grandiflora Alexander – Arizona Bluestar - Arizona, Sonora, Durango
  5. Amsonia hubrichtii Woodson – Hubricht's Bluestar - Arkansas, Oklahoma
  6. Amsonia illustris Woodson – Ozark Bluestar - Mississippi Valley, also Nevada
  7. Amsonia jonesii Woodson – Jones' Bluestar - Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado
  8. Amsonia kearneyana Woodson – Kearney's Bluestar - Baboquivari in Pima Co. in Arizona
  9. Amsonia longiflora Torr. – Tubular Bluestar - Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Coahuila
  10. Amsonia ludoviciana Vail – Louisiana Bluestar - Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia
  11. Amsonia orientalis Decne. – European Bluestar - Greece, Turkey
  12. Amsonia palmeri A.Gray – Palmer's Bluestar - Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Sonora, Chihuahua
  13. Amsonia peeblesii Woodson – Peebles' Bluestar - Arizona
  14. Amsonia repens Shinners – Creeping Bluestar - E Texas, SW Louisiana
  15. Amsonia rigida Shuttlw. ex Small – Stiff Bluestar - from Georgia to Louisiana
  16. Amsonia tabernaemontana Walter – Eastern Bluestar - S + C + E United States
  17. Amsonia tharpii Woodson – Feltleaf Bluestar - W Texas, SE New Mexico
  18. Amsonia tomentosa Torr. & Frém. – Woolly Bluestar - SW US; Chihuahua

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Genus: Amsonia Walter". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2003-03-14. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families". Retrieved May 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Flora of China Vol. 16 Page 156 水甘草属 shui gan cao shu Amsonia Walter, Fl. Carol. 98. 1788.
  4. ^ Pringle, James S., History and Eponymy of the Genus Name Amsonia (Apocynaceae), in SIDA 21(1):379-387. 2004
  5. ^ "Amsonia". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  6. ^ Biota of North America Program 2013 county distribution maps