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Mexican star
Flore des serres v14 179a.jpg
Milla biflora
1861 illustration[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Brodiaeoideae
Genus: Milla
Type species
Milla biflora
  • Askolame Raf.
  • Gyrenia Knowles & Westc. ex Loudon
  • Diphalangium S.Schauer

Milla, the Mexican star, is a genus of monocotyledonous plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Brodiaeoideae.[3] They are native mostly to Mexico, with one species extending into Guatemala, Honduras, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico.[2][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Milla contains ten accepted species:[2][10]

  1. Milla biflora Cav. - widespread across most of Mexico plus Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Guatemala and Honduras
  2. Milla bryanii I.M.Johnst. - Coahuila
  3. Milla delicata H.E.Moore - Guerrero
  4. Milla filifolia T.M.Howard - Morelos
  5. Milla magnifica H.E.Moore - Guerrero, Morelos
  6. Milla mexicana T.M.Howard - Puebla, Oaxaca
  7. Milla mortoniana H.E.Moore - Guerrero
  8. Milla oaxacana Ravenna - Oaxaca
  9. Milla potosina T.M.Howard - San Luis Potosí
  10. Milla rosea H.E.Moore - Nuevo León


  1. ^ Flore des serres et des jardins de l'Europe ou descriptions et figures des plantes les plus rares et les plus méritantes, nouvellement introduites sur le continent ou en Angleterre ... Volume XIV A Gand : chez Louis van Houtte, editeur, 1845-1880.
  2. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Stevens, P.F. (2001 onwards), Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Brodiaeoideae  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Davidse, G., M. Sousa Sánchez & A.O. Chater. 1994. Alismataceae a Cyperaceae. 6: i–xvi, 1–543. In G. Davidse, M. Sousa Sánchez & A.O. Chater (eds.) Flora Mesoamericana. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D. F.
  5. ^ Nelson, C. H. 2008. Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares de Honduras 1–1576.
  6. ^ Standley, P. C. & J. A. Steyermark. 1952. Liliaceae. In Flora of Guatemala - Part III. Fieldiana, Bot. 24(3): 59–100.
  7. ^ Moore, H. E. Jr. 1953. The genus Milla (Amaryllidaceae–Allieae) and its allies. Gentes Herb. 8: 262–294.
  8. ^ Flora of North America Vol. 26 Page 346, Milla Cavanilles, Icon. 2: 76, plate 196. 1793.
  9. ^ US Department of Agriculture Plants Profile
  10. ^ The Plant List—Milla

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