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Aster
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Aster alpinus
Scientific classification
Kingdom:
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Order:
Family:
Asteraceae
Tribe:
Astereae
Genus:
Aster

Species

Many, see text.

Synonyms
  • Diplopappus Cass.
Aster flower
Multi layer petals Aster flower

Aster is a genus of flowering plants. It belongs in the family Asteraceae. The genus once had nearly 600 species in Eurasia and North America. After morphologic and molecular research on the genus during the 1990s, it was decided that the North American species are better treated in a series of other related genera. After this split there are about 180 species within the genus.

Common species

Here is a list of some common species:

  • Aster alpinus - Alpine Aster
  • Aster amellus - European Michaelmas Daisy or Italian Aster
  • Aster linosyris - Goldilocks Aster
  • Aster pringlei
  • Aster scaber
  • Aster sibiricus
  • Aster subulatus - Hairless Fleabane
  • Aster tataricus - Tatarian Aster
  • Aster tongolensis
  • Aster tripolium - Sea Aster

Common North American species

Here is a list of some common North American species that are no longer in the genus Aster:

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