The family Asteracea, or Compositae as it used to be called, comprises about 25,000 species which is more than any other family of flowering plants. The family is characterized by its intricate composite flower which consist of a large number of individual florets acting as one flower.
The characteristics of this family, formerly known as the Compositae, which includes nearly 25,000 species.
The Asteraceae (Compositae)
Description of the family, which is arguably the largest family of flowering plants, including herbs, shrubs, and some trees, with images of representatives of different tribes and genera.
Botanical description of this family, now known as Asteraceae, with illustrations and technical drawings of a number of species.
Seedpods of the Asteraceae Family
Information on the seedheads of members of this family with photographs of several.
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