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, 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 a variety of species of widely varying appearance.