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Genus of the Week

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Week of December 20-26

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This page has been created for people who want to learn more about plants, especially in the context of their taxonomy (Latin names, etc.). This is by no means an exhaustive list of all available Web resources for a particular genus.
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This week's genus:


Stevia


Subclass: Dicotyledoneae
Superorder: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Lactucoideae
Tribe: Eupatorieae
Number of Species: at least 80
Root: This genus was named for P. J. Esteve, a Spanish botanist in the 16th century.

Once classified into the genus Eupatorium, Stevia is probably best known for S. rebaudiana, from which a powerful non-caloric sweetener is derived. Although internet information is highly focused on this species, there are many others that can found growing throughout North and South America.

Here are a few links to images and descriptions of different Stevia species:


References:

  1. Heywood, V.H., ed. Flowering Plants of the World. New York, Oxford University Press: 1993.

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