ASTERACEAE (COMPOSITAE) - Composite or Aster family
Green involucral bract are characteristic of this tribe.
The members of this tribe lacks receptacular bracts and are said to have naked receptacles.
And they have alternating leaves.
Species from this tribe can be found throughout the world. The alternating leaves in the above plant is characteristic of this tribe.
The fragrant Chrysanthemum sp. are often seen as a ornament, but they can have other uses as well. eg. Chrysanthemum tea.
The species from this tribe also have green bracts but they are often overlap in several series. The dry and papery edges of the bract can be another identification characteristic.
The species in this tribe often have spines (thistles) making them undesirable to handle.
Tribe Cynareae be identified by their spine tipped bracts (much like the outer layer of a pineapple).
The forking stigma and ring of hair on the style is another characteristic of this family; although they may be hard to spot.