Asteraceae: Sunflower Family – Senecio Tribe: Senecio
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 represented in Monterey County, one of these, the Heliantheae or Sunflower tribe, being further broken down into subtribes of which 9 are represented in Monterey County. The Senecio tribe comprises a mixture of obviously daisy-like flowers and others with discoid or disciform heads (i.e. without or with only minute ray flowers) which might not immediately be recognized as belonging to the Sunflower family. This page includes members of the Senecio genera which include one native and several mostly rather undistinguished non-native species.