Asteraceae: Sunflower Family – Heliantheae (Sunflower) Tribe: various tarweeds
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 Madia (Tarweed) subtribe includes various species most of which have more or less conspicuous glands which give off a distinct, sometimes strong tarry odor. This page covers a variety of species of widely varying appearance.