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Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Astereae

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  • Bellideae Cass. ex D.Don [unaccepted]

Astereae is a tribe of plants in the family Asteraceae that includes annuals, biennials, perennials, subshrubs, shrubs, and trees. They are found primarily in temperate regions of the world.[2] Plants within the tribe are present nearly worldwide divided into over 250 genera and more than 3,100 species, making it the second-largest tribe in the family behind Senecioneae.[1]

The taxonomy of the tribe Astereae has been dramatically changed after both morphologic and molecular evidence suggested that large genera such as Aster, as well as many others, needed to be separated into several genera or shifted to better reflect the plants' relationships. A paper by R. D. Noyes and L. H. Rieseberg[3] showed that most of the genera within the tribe in North America actually belong to a single clade, meaning they have a common ancestor. This is referred to as the North American clade. Guy L. Nesom and Harold E. Robinson have been involved in the recent work and are continuing to re-categorise the genera within the tribe worldwide.[2]


As of October 2022, tribe Astereae is divided into 36 accepted subtribes.[1]

Selected genera[edit]

Conyza podocephala, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Eclipta prostrata at Pocharam lake, Andhra Pradesh, India
Erigeron annuus
Eurybia divaricata at Behnke Nurseries, Potomac, Maryland, USA
Grangea maderaspatana at Pocharam lake, Andhra Pradesh, India
Psilactis asteroides at East Dry Lake, Otero County, New Mexico, USA
Solidago altissima with bee, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Symphyotrichum novi-belgii

Sources: FNA,[2] E+M,[4] UniProt,[5] NHNSW,[6] AFPD[7]


  1. ^ a b c Compositae Working Group (CWG) (2022). "Astereae Cass." Global Compositae Database. Retrieved 2022-10-30.
  2. ^ a b c Barkley, T.M.; Brouillet, L.; Strother, J.L. (2006). "Astereae". In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (ed.). Flora of North America North of Mexico (FNA). Vol. 20. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2008-06-12 – via, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
  3. ^ Richard D. Noyes and Loren H. Rieseberg (1999). "ITS sequence data support a single origin for North American Astereae (Asteraceae) and reflect deep geographic divisions in Aster s.l." American Journal of Botany. 86 (3): 398–412. doi:10.2307/2656761. JSTOR 2656761. PMID 10077502.
  4. ^ Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem. "Details for: Astereae". Euro+Med PlantBase. Freie Universität Berlin. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
  5. ^ UniProt. "Tribe Astereae". Retrieved 2008-06-12.
  6. ^ National Herbarium of New South Wales. "Genus Kippistia". New South Wales FloraOnline. Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Retrieved 2008-06-12.
  7. ^ "Polyarrhena Cass". African Plants Database. South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève and Tela Botanica. Retrieved 2008-06-13.[dead link]

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