Aster amellus

Aster amellus L. (C-Eur., SW- and C-As.) – An exceptional and ephemeral escape from cultivation. Recorded once – without further details – in Woluwe (Brussel).

Aster amellus is native close to the Belgian frontiers in northeastern France and Luxembourg. It is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental.

A related taxon of hybrid origin, Aster xfrikartii Silva Tarouca & C. Schneider (= A. amellus x A. thomsonii C.B. Clarke), is now probably more frequently cultivated and may occur as an escape from cultivation

Selected literature:

Kovanda M. (2002) A note on Aster amellus. Thaiszia 12(1): 83-87. [available online at:]

Mandáková T. & Münzbergová Z. (2008): Morphometric and genetic differentiation of diploid and hexaploid populations of Aster amellus agg. in a contact zone. Plant Systematics and Evolution 274: 155-170. [available online at:]

Raabová J., Fischer M. & Münzbergová Z. (2008) Niche diVerentiation between diploid and hexaploid Aster amellus. Oecologia 158: 463-472. [available online at:

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