Astelia pumila

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Astelia pumila
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asteliaceae
Genus: Astelia
A. pumila
Binomial name
Astelia pumila
(J.R.Forst.) Gaudich.

Melanthium pumilum J.R.Forst.

Astelia pumila is a species of flowering plant in the recently named family Asteliaceae. It is an evergreen silver-green perennial from western Patagonia in southern Chile and nearby areas of Argentina. It grows in forests as well as wetlands.[1] The plant is, together with Donatia fascicularis, dominant in the cushion bogs that exists in areas exposed to the Pacific coast.[2] As such it does not usually found together with Sphagnum which tend to grow slightly more inland.[2] Localities where the plant is found include, from north to south; Queulat National Park, Chonos Archipelago, Taitao Peninsula, San Rafael Lake, the vicinities of Caleta Tortel and Tierra del Fuego National Park.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c "Astelia pumila". Sistema de Información de Biodiversidad (in Spanish). Administración de Parques Nacionales. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Luebert, Federico; Pliscoff, Patricio (2017) [2006]. Sinopsis bioclimática y vegetacional de Chile (in Spanish) (2nd ed.). Santiago de Chile: Editorial Universitaria. p. 209. ISBN 978-956-11-2575-9.
  3. ^ "Astelia pumila (J.R.Forst.) Gaudich". Sistema de Información en Biodiversidad para Aysén (in Spanish). University of Magallanes. Retrieved January 23, 2019.