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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