Asteraceae: Sunflower Family – Gnaphalieae (Cudweed) Tribe – 2
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. Members of the Gnaphalieae or Cudweed Tribe lack ray flowers but have, generally, tight heads with inconspicuous disk flowers only. This page covers some of the smaller species.