Arch. Naturgesch. (Berlin)7: 194. 1841
Fla., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America, introduced also in Asia (Arabian Peninsula, India), Africa, tropical and subtropical areas.
Species ca. 12 (1 in the flora).
Astraea was treated as a section of Croton by G. L. Webster (1993). However, the molecular phylogeny of P. E. Berry et al. (2005) showed that it represents a lineage distinct from Croton. Morphological characters that support this separation include the markedly rectangular seeds, the often deeply lobed leaves, and the mixture of simple and stellate hairs. Astraea is most diverse in southeastern Brazil.
|Author||Paul E. Berry + and Benjamin W. van Ee +|
|Distribution||Fla. +, Mexico +, West Indies +, Central America +, South America +, introduced also in Asia (Arabian Peninsula +, India) +, Africa + and tropical and subtropical areas. +|
|Etymology||For Greek mythological Astraea (star maiden), daughter of Zeus and Themis +|
|Illustration copyright||Flora of North America Association +|
|Illustrator||Barbara Alongi +|
|Publication title||Arch. Naturgesch. (Berlin) +|
|Publication year||1841 +|
|Source xml||https://email@example.com/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f50eec43f223ca0e34566be0b046453a0960e173/coarse grained fna xml/V12/V12 800.xml +|
|Special status||Introduced +|
|Taxon family||Euphorbiaceae +|
|Taxon name||Astraea +|
|Taxon parent||Euphorbiaceae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 12 +|