Asteraceae: Sunflower Family – Mutiseae (Mutisia) Tribe
The Sunflower family is a very large family with over 25,000 members. Botanists subdivide the family into a number of tribes, of which 14 are present in Monterey County. The Mutisia tribe has two members in this county, one of which is found only in the extreme south.
Trail Plant – Adenocaulon bicolor
Uncommon, generally in damp, shady redwood forests
Most easily recognized by its distinctive, shallowly-lobed triangular leaves, green above but white-woolly beneath. Tiny white flowers are borne in small clusters on tall, loosely-branched stems. Club-shaped fruits with black, stalked glands at their base are also distinctive.