Asteraceae: Sunflower Family – Cynareae (Thistle) Tribe: various (excl. Cirsium)
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. The Cynareae (Thistle tribe) has 8 genera present in California, all but one of them (Cirsium) alien, and many invasive, including the ones found on this page.