Asteraceae (Compositae) Family:

Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl


The Asteraceae Family was named and described by Bedřich (Friedrich) Všemír (Wssemjr) von Berchtold and Jan Svatopluk (Swatopluk) Presl in O Prirozenosti Rostlin in 1820.

Although Asteraceae is supposedly the accepted name for this family now, the name Compositae is also somehow acceptable. It seems that even though the family name is Asteraceae, it is still Compositae because of the flowers, which are composite. It is, of course, the Aster, Daisy, Composite, and Sunflower family. I guess I am not supposed to capitalize those names, but I like to anyway. I am not illiterate, just stubborn.

The Asteraceae Family (also is very complex and very large. Plants of the World Online lists 1,867 (as of 9-12-18) accepted genera! The Wikipedia article (see link below) says there are 1,911 genera which include 32,913 accepted species (Hmmm… That’s what the 2013 version of The Plant List says about the Compositae Family). It further states the family is divided into 13 subfamilies (which used to be separate families even though many of them have been renamed somewhat). I better stop there because the more I think, the more I write and the more I write the more confused I get. Whether or not you use the subfamilies, all the genera are still in the same family, Asteraceae or Compositae. OH CRAP! I just realized the author of the Asteraceae article on the Wikipedia was using the 2013 version of The Plant List as a reference when it is no longer maintained! Well, at least they have the new family name correct.

For further information on this family of plants, please click on the links below. They take you directly to the page for the family.


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