Daisy Family – Asteraceae or Compositae
The Family is named after the Latin and Greek word Aster which means a star. A huge family of over 1900 genera and 32,000 species with a worldwide distribution. The older name of Compositae refers to the fact that what appears to be a single flower is in fact a composite of many smaller flowers called florets grouped together in a head or capitulum. There are 3 sub-families 1. Asteroideae – Sunflowers, Sneezeweed, Rudbeckia, Coneflower, Blanketflower, Achillea, Michaelmas Daisy, Everlasting, Elecampane, Daisy, Cosmos and Dahlia. 2. Carduoideae – Knapweeds, Cornflower, Thistles, Globe Artichoke, and Globe Thistle. 3. Chicoroideae – Dandelion, Chicory. Click on any photo to enlarge it.