What is Asteraceae?


Asteraceae or Compositae (commonly referred to as the aster, daisy, or sunflower family), are an exceedingly large and widespread family of Angiospermae. The group has more than 23,000 currently accepted species, spread across 1620 genera and 12 subfamilies. In terms of numbers of species, Asteraceae is rivaled only by Orchidaceae. (Which of the two families is actually larger is unclear, owing to uncertainty about exactly how many species exist in each family). The main feature of the family is the composite flower type in the form of capitula surrounded by involucral bracts.The name "Asteraceae" comes from Aster, the most prominent generum in the family, that derives from the Greek ἀστήρ meaning star, and is connected with its inflorescence star form. As for the term "Compositae", more ancient but still valid, it obviously makes reference to the fact that the family is one of the few angiosperms that have composite flowers. This family has a remarkable ecological and economical importance, and is present from the polar regions to the tropics, colonizing all available habitats. The Asteraceae may represent as much as 10% of autochthon flora in many regions of the world.

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List Of Native Plants Of Palestine (A-B)
... Image Family Hebrew name English name Arabic name Notes 1 Aaronsohnia factorovskyi Asteraceae אהרונסוניית פקטורי جريس 2 Abutilon fruticosum Malvaceae. 20 Achillea santolina Asteraceae אכילאה ערבתית 21 Acinos rotundifolius Lamiaceae אקינוס ריחני 22 Adiantum capillus-veneris Adiantaceae. 43 Aetheorhiza bulbosa Asteraceae ניסנית הבולבוסין 44 Aethionema carneum Brassicaceae דו-פרית מכורבלת 45 Aethionema heterocarpum Brassicaceae ...
Asteraceae - Uses
... Commercially important plants in the Asteraceae include the food crops Lactuca sativa (lettuce), Cichorium (chicory), Cynara scolymus (globe artichoke), Helianthus ... Plants in Asteraceae are medically important in areas that don't have access to Western medicine ... Many members of Asteraceae are copious nectar producers and are useful for evaluating pollinator populations during their bloom ...
List Of Native Vascular Plants Of Palestine (P-Z)
... Rhamnaceae אשמר קוצני 1764 Pallenis spinosa Asteraceae מוצית קוצנית 1765 Pancratium maritimum Amaryllidaceae חבצלת החוף 1766 Pancratium parviflorum Amaryllidaceae. 2557 Urospermum picroides Asteraceae אזנב מצוי 2558 Urtica kioviensis Urticaceae סרפד חולה 2559 Urtica membranacea Urticaceae סרפד קרומי 2560 Urtica pilulifera Urticaceae ...