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Asteropeiaceae (Szyszył.) Takht. ex Reveal & Hoogland in Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., B, Adansonia sér. 4 12: 205. 1990 sec. APG IV [Angiosperm Phylogeny Group] 20161 wfo-7000000053
      Nametype: Asteropeia Thouars
  • 1. APG IV [Angiosperm Phylogeny Group] 2016: APG IV: An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants. – Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 181(1): 1-20. 10.1111/boj.12385


A monogeneric family with eight species endemic to Madagascar (Kubitzki 2003). The genus was traditionally placed in Theales, either in its own family (e.g. Takhtajan 1987; Thorne 1992) or within Theaceae (e.g. Cronquist 1988). However, early molecular phylogenetic studies have shown the affinities of Asteropeiacae within Caryophyllales and the close relationship with Physenaceae (e.g. Morton & al. 1997). These results were confirmed by subsequent studies (e.g. Cuénoud & al. 2002; Brockington 2009, 2011; Soltis & al. 2011). The clade AsteropeiaceaePhysenaceae is also well-supported by wood anatomical characters (e.g. Miller & Dickison 1992; Dickison & Miller 1993; Carlquist 2006), some member species (with small circular alternate pits on vessels, vasicentric tracheids plus fiber tracheids, abaxial confluent diffuse parenchyma and predominantly uniseriate rays) have been proposed as synapomorphies to the family (e.g. Carlquist 2006).A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M


A. Brockington, S. F., Alexandre, R., Ramdial, J., Moore, M. J., Crawley, S., Dhingra, A., Hilu, K., Douglas, E. S. & Soltis, P.S. 2009: Phylogeny of the Caryophyllales sensu lato: Revisiting hypotheses on pollination biology and perianth differentiation in the core Caryophyllales. – International Journal of Plant Sciences 170(5): 627–643.
B. Brockington, S. F., Walker, R. H., Glover, R. H., Soltis, P.S. & Soltis, D.E. 2011: Complex pigment evolution in the Caryophyllales. – New Phytologist 190: 854 – 864.
C. Carlquist, S. 2006: Asteropeia and Physena (Caryophyllales): a case study in comparative wood anatomy. – Brittonia 58: 301 – 313.
D. Cronquist, A.J. 1988: The evolution and classification of Flowering Plants, ed. 2. – New York: New York Botanical Garden
E. Cuénoud, P. & al. 2002: Molecular phylogenetics of Caryophyllales based on nuclear 18S rDNA and plastid rbcL, atpB, and matK DNA sequences. – American Journal of Botany 89(1): 132-144.
F. Dickison, W. C. & Miller, R. B. 1993: Morphology and anatomy of the Malagasy genus Physena (Physenacae), with a discussion of the relationships of the genus. – Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle Section B, Adansonia sér. 4 1 – 4: 85 – 106
G. Hernández-Ledesma, P., Berendsohn, W. G., Borsch, T., von Mering, S., Akhani, H., Arias, S., Castañeda-Noa, I., Eggli, U., Eriksson, R., Flores-Olvera, H., Fuentes-Bazán, S., Kadereit, G., Klak, C., Korotkova, N., Nyffeler, R., Ocampo, G. & Ochoterena, H. 2015: A taxonomic backbone for the global synthesis of species diversity in the angiosperm order Caryophyllales. – Willdenowia 45(3): 281-383.
H. Kubitzki, K. 2003: Asteropeiaceae, 28 – 29. – In: Kubitzki, K. & Bayer, C. (ed.), The families and genera of vascular plants 5. – Berlin, Heidelberg & New York: Springer
I. Miller, R. B. & Dickison, W. C. 1992: Wood anatomy of Asteropeia (Asteropeiaceae) and Physena (Physenaceae): Two endemics from Madagascar. – Abstracts of Papers, Botanical Society of America 79: 41
J. Morton, C. M., Karol, K. G. & Chase, M. W. 1997: Taxonomic affinities of Physena (Physenaceae) and Asteropeia (Theaceae). – Botanical Review 63: 231 – 239.
K. Soltis, D.E., Smith, S.A., Cellinese, N., Wurdack, K.J., Tank, D.C., Brockington, S.F., Refulio-Rodriguez, N.F., Walker, J.B., Moore, M.J., Carlsward, B.S., Bell, C.D., Latvis, M., Crawley, S., Black, C., Diouf, D., Xi, Z., Rushworth, C.A., Gitzendanner, M.A., Sytsma, K.J., Qiu, Y.-l., Hilu, K.W., Davis, C.C., Sanderson, M.J., Beaman, R.S., Olmstead, R.G., Judd, W.S., Donoghue, M.J. & Soltis, P.S. 2011: Angiosperm phylogeny: 17 genes, 640 taxa. – American Journal of Botany 98(4): 704-730.
L. Takhtajan, A. L. 1987: Systema magnoliophytorum / Система магнолиофитов. – Leningrad: Nauka
M. Thorne, R. F. 1992: An updated phylogenetic classification of the flowering plants. – Aliso 13: 365-389