July 28, 2019


The Grasses and the Asteraceae are two special and tricky groups of plants. If you master one or both of these you can really call yourself a botanist.

The Asteraceae were once called the Compositae (as this family is called in the 1951 "Arizona Flora" and other older flora). Some flora break the Asteraceae into subfamilies or "tribes". I thought that a first step towards finding my way with the Asteraceae might be understanding these "tribes", but this hasn't worked out as I hoped, as you will learn.

Another aspect of dealing with these plants is taking flowers apart and understanding some unique aspect of Asteraceae flowers. It turns out this is essential to place a plant into the proper "subfamily".
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