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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
  • 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.


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


A. 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-Bazan, 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