Sunflower or Daisy family

FORM mainly herbs, some shrubs.

Flowers in dense flowerlike heads (asters and dandelions. Tiny, with petals fused in strap like ray florets, or tubular disk florets.

Seeds often tipped with a tuft of fine bristles.

Genera     900      Species  14,000 in our area 690 (Gray); 537 (B&B)43

Distribution global

Flowers unique florets gathered into flat heads. Ray flowers surrounding small tube like disk flowers formmed from five fused petals.

#Parts  Disk flowers 5    Symmetry radial

Leaves Alternate, rarely opposite or whorled; simple, entire to dissected.