Astelia Family

Perennial thick-rooted rhizomatous herbs. Leaves simple, entire, linear, rosette-forming. Flowers radially symmetrical, uni- or bisexual, numerous in terminal scapose racemes or panicles.Tepals 3+3, free; individual flower stalks absent or not articulated. Stamens 6, free or attached to the base of the tepals. Ovary superior, 3- chambered with numerous ovules. Fruit a few- to many- seeded berry or capsule. Seeds black.

John Conran.

The most closely related families are Blandfordiaceae and Hypoxidaceae.

4 genera in moist temperate Australia, New Zealand, S America and widely in the Pacific.

Rhizomatous perennial rosette herbs of cool moist places with silvery foliage.

Moore, L.B. (1966).

Source: Conran, J. (2005). Asteliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Liliales
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
genus        Astelia R.Br.
genus        Milligania Hook.f.