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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Asteroideae
Tribus: Astereae
Subtribus: Symphyotrichinae
Genus: Ampelaster
Species: A. carolinianus

Ampelaster G.L.Nesom, Phytologia 77(3): 250. (1994)

Type species: Ampelaster carolinianus G.L.Nesom, Phytologia 77(3): 250. (1994)


Aster sect. Sagittiferi Gray Synopt. Fl. 1(2): 179. (1884)
Aster sp. group Carolinianea Small Ma. Southeast Fl. 1367. (1933)
Lasallea subsect. Carolinianea (Small) Semple & Brouillet, Amen. J. Bot. 67: 1023. (1980)
Virgulus sect. Sagittiferi (Gray) Reveal & Keener, Taxon 30: 650. (1981)


Nesom, G.L. 1994 publ. 1995. Review of the taxonomy of Aster sensu lato (Asteraceae: Astereae), emphasizing the New World species. Phytologia 77(3): 141–297. BHL Reference page.
Reveal, J.L. & Keener, C.S. 1981. Virgulus Raf. (1837), an earlier name for Lasallea Greene (1903) (Asteraceae). Taxon 30(3): 648–651. JSTOR Reference page.


Hassler, M. 2018. Ampelaster. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Mar. 22. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Ampelaster. Published online. Accessed: Mar. 22 2018.
The Plant List 2013. Ampelaster in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Mar. 22. 2018. Ampelaster. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Mar. 22.

Vernacular names
English: Climbing aster

Ampelaster is a North American genus of flowering plants in the daisy family.

There is a single known species, Ampelaster carolinianus, known as climbing aster.[4] It is native to the southeastern United States, in the States of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.[1][5][6][7]

Ampelaster carolinianus is unusual in the family in that it is a climber, using other plants to support its weight. Sometimes it uses adventitious roots to this end. Flower heads are 1-15 per branch, with both ray florets and disc florets, the flowers pale pink to rose-purple.[1]

Flora of North America, Vol. 20 Page 460, Climbing aster, Ampelaster carolinianus (Walter) G. L. Nesom, Phytologia. 77: 250. 1995.
The Plant List Ampelaster carolinianus (Walter) G.L.Nesom
Tropicos, Ampelaster carolinianus (Walter) G.L. Nesom
"Plants Profile for Ampelaster carolinianus", Plants Database, USDA
Biota of North America Program 2014 county distribution map
Godfrey, R. K. & J. W. Wooten. 1981. Aquatic and Wetland Plants of Southeastern United States Dicotyledons 1–944. Univ. Georgia Press, Athens
Long, R. W. & O. K. Lakela. 1971. A Flora of Tropical Florida: A Manual of the Seed Plants and Ferns of Southern Peninsular Florida i–xvii, 1–962. University of Miami Press, Coral Cables

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