Asteraceae: Sunflower Family – Heliantheae (Sunflower) Tribe: Goldfields
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. This page covers the Goldfields subtribe. Two genera, Lasthenia and Monolopia can cover whole hillsides, golden yellow in the case of Lasthenia and a pale, lemon-yellow in the case of Monolopia. The different Lasthenias can be difficult if not impossible to distinguish without examining their pappus.