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Kalimeris incisa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Astereae[1]
Genus: Kalimeris
(Cass.) Cass., 1825
  • Aster subg. Kalimeris Cass.
  • Aster sect. Asteromoea (Blume) Makino
  • Boltonia sect. Asteromoea (Blume) Benth.
  • Asteromoea Blume
  • Aster sect. Kalimeris (Cass.) Nees ex O.Hoffm.
  • Calimeris Nees, alternate spelling

Kalimeris (or the Kalimeris Asters) is a genus of plants in the sunflower family.[2][3][4]

It was first described in 1825 by the French botanist Alexandre Henri Gabriel de Cassini (1781-1832).[2]

This genus occurs mainly in eastern Asia (China, Korea and Japan),[3] but is also naturalised on Hawaii.

They can grow to a height of 1-1.5 m. The foliage is herbaceous. The blue-green leaves vary per species and are smooth textured. They can be long and narrow, round with large teeth or lobed. The flower heads are solitary or in leafy flat-topped inflorescences. The disc florets are yellow, the ray florets are white, pink or purple.

The chromosome base number is x = 9. The genus's closest relatives are found in the Asian members of Aster and Heteropappus.[3]