Asteraceae: Sunflower Family – Heliantheae (Sunflower) Tribe: Madia
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, is further broken down into subtribes, of which 9 are present. The Madia (Tarweed) subtribe includes various species, most of which have conspicuous glands which give off a distinct, sometimes strong tarry odor. This page covers the Madia genus, and one other plant that was formerly included within it.