Astelia

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Astelia

Description

Leaves rosulate, 3-ranked, linear to lanceolate, forming a closed sheath at the base. Inflorescence a panicle; Ovary superior, sessile, depressed-globose to ellipsoid, 1- or 3-celled; Fruit a berry; Seeds ovoid or angled, glossy.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical:, New Guineapresent Australasia:, New South Wales (New South Walespresent); Tasmania (Tasmaniapresent); Victoria (Victoriapresent) E. Malesia: present Falkland Is: present Mauritius: present New Zealand: present Pacific: present
About 20-30 spp. in the Pacific (13 in New Zealand) including Australia (Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania), Mauritius and the Falkland Is.; in E. Malesia: New Guinea.

Citation

Skottsb. - in Kongl. Svenska Vet. Ak. Handl. 1934
Moore & Edgar - in Fl. New Zeal. 1970
Krause - in E. & P., Nat. Pfl. Fam., ed. 2, 15a. 1930: 360
Bth. - in Fl. Austr. 1878: 11
Van Balgooy - in Pac. Pl. Areas. 1966: map 47