Asteraceae (Compositae) Gallery - wildflowers of the Daisy family

With more than 32,000 species, the Asteraceae is arguably the largest of plant families (although closely rivalled by the Orchidaceae); it includes many flowers of similar appearance - densely packed heads comprising numerous tiny flowers or florets (hence the old family name Compositae meaning 'composed of many little flowers'). The internal florets are symmetrical with tiny petals, while each of those at the edge - the so-called 'ray florets' - have mostly tiny petals but one large petal facing outwards. The name Asteraceae refers to the star-like form of the inflorescences.

These thumbnail pictures have links to larger photographs and information about each of the species, their habitat needs and an identification guide.

We have used the scientific names to identify species in this table, but if you prefer to use common names we have also listed all species covered on the First Nature website in alphabetical order of Common Names...

There is also the option to see all species listed in order of Scientific Names or Botanical Families or Dominant Colour.

Introduction to wildflower families...

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