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Asterid orders and families:

David Albeck's Photos of Asterids

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One of the large unranked clades (larger than an order) of dicots, Asterids include, naturally, the Aster family, but also some rather un-aster-like families such as morning glories and rhododendrons.


Daisy order (Asterales)

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Aster Family (Asteraceae)

plants > dicots > asterids > Asterales > Asteraceae

Though this is the second-largest family of flowering plants, it is easy enough to tell when you've found a member: asters and their relatives have very many narrow petals, usually forming a ring around a disc of tiny true flowers in the center. Sunflowers, daisies, and dandelions are in this family.

Please click through to the Asteraceae page

Please click through to the Asteraceae page


Bellflower Family (Campanulaceae)

plants > dicots > asterids > Asterales > Campanulaceae

I'm including lobelias and their relatives here - some systems have them in a separate family, lobeliaceae.

Clermontia parviflora
Kiluea
Siphocampylus sp.
Warmiwanuska
Hare-bell
Campanula sp.
Netedu
campanula
Front Garden
campanula
Parc de la Vanoise
bellflower
Butterfly Place
bellflower
Butterfly Place



Dogwood Order (Cornales)

Cornales families:
plants > dicots > asterids > Cornales

This order has showy bracts that look like petals. The tiny true flowers are clustered at the center of the bracts.


Dogwood family (Cornaceae)

plants > dicots > asterids > Cornales > Cornaceae

Best known for bright-red, edible berries

Bunchberry
Cornus canadensis
Pitchoff Mtn.
Bunchberry
Cornus canadensis
Mt. Adams
Bunchberry
Cornus canadensis
Mt. Jefferson
bunchberry
July 4, 2008
Bunchberry
Baldface Range
Bunchberry
Mt Moosilauke


Hydrangea Family

plants > dicots > asterids > Cornales > Hydrangeaceae


Hydrangea aspera
Jardin Botanique
Hydrangea aspera
Jardin Botanique
Hydrangea macrophylla
Breton Life
Hydrangea macrophylla
Breton Life



Adoxa Family (Adoxaceae)

plants > dicots > asterids > Dipsacales > Adoxaceae

Recently recognized as distinct from the honeysuckle family.

Hobblebush
(Viburnum lantanoides)
Kearsarge South
Hobblebush
(Viburnum lantanoides)
Pack Monadnock
Hobblebush
(Viburnum lantanoides)
Mt Cardigan
Hobblebush
(Viburnum lantanoides)
Mt Chocorua
Hobblebush
(Viburnum lantanoides)
Mt Chocorua
Hobblebush
(Viburnum lantanoides)
Mt Madison
Hobblebush
(Viburnum lantanoides)
Mt Madison
Hobblebush
Moat Mountain
Hobblebush
(Viburnum lantanoides)
Mt Madison
Hobblebush
(Viburnum lantanoides)
Mt Madison


Heath order (Ericales)

Ericales families:
plants > dicots > asterids > Ericales



 

Balsam Family (Balsaminaceae)

plants > dicots > asterids > Ericales > Balsaminaceae

A family consisting almost entirely of the genus Impatiens, commonly known as Jewelweed.

Impatiens sp.
Cârţa
Jewelweed
Impatiens sp.
Feldioara
Jewelweed
Local Strolls


 

Diapensia Family (Diapensiaceae)

plants > dicots > asterids > Ericales > Diapensiaceae

A family of alpine plants thought to have originated in the Himalaya, with only one species present in North America.

Diapensia lapponica
Lincoln & Lafayette
Diapensia lapponica
Mt. Adams
Diapensia lapponica
Mt. Adams
Diapensia lapponica
Mt. Jefferson
Diapensia lapponica
Mt. Jefferson
Diapensia lapponica
Presidential Range


Heath Family (Ericaceae)

Ericaceae sub-families:
plants > dicots > asterids > Ericales > Ericaceae

A group of woody plants with oval leaves, often evergreen. Includes the cranberry and its many relatives (blueberry, bearberry, etc) and also the rhododendron. Biologists were a bit surprised to discover that Indian Pipe is also a member.

Subfamily Ericoideae

plants > dicots > asterids > Ericales > Ericaceae > Ericoideae

Rhododendrons and close relatives

Genus Epigaea

plants > dicots > asterids > Ericales > Ericaceae > Ericoideae > Epigaea

Only one species in the Northeastern US: Trailing Arbutus, also known as Mayflower. Supposedly, this plant was encountered at Plymouth Rock by passengers on the ship "Mayflower" (named for an unrelated flower), but it's worth remembering that the landing happened in November.

Trailing Arbutus
Epigaea repens
Conway
Trailing Arbutus
Conway
Trailing Arbutus
Epigaea repens
Moat Mountain

Genus Kalmia

plants > dicots > asterids > Ericales > Ericaceae > Ericoideae > Kalmia

Laurels

Kalmia procumbens
Mt. Adams
Mountain-laurel,
Kalmia latifolia
Garden in the Woods
Sheep Laurel,
Kalmia angustifolia
The Pinnacle

Genus Phyllodoce

plants > dicots > asterids > Ericales > Ericaceae > Ericoideae > Phyllodoce

Mountain-Heather

Pink Mountain Heather,
Phyllodoce empetriformis
Mt Dickerman

Genus Rhododendron

plants > dicots > asterids > Ericales > Ericaceae > Ericoideae > Rhododendron

Members of this genus are commonly known as Rhododendron, Rhodora, Azalea, or Rosebay

Lapland Rosebay,
Rhododendron lapponicum
Mt. Adams
Lapland Rosebay,
Rhododendron lapponicum
Presidential Range
Rhododendron
Garden in the Woods
Rhododendron
May Flowers
Azalea
Lilac Sunday
azalea
Middlesex Fells
azalea
Middlesex Fells
Rhodora
Kearsarge South
Rhodora
Presidential Range
Rhodora
Baldface Range

Subfamily Monotropoidae

plants > dicots > asterids > Ericales > Ericaceae > Monotropoidae

Indian Pipe and close relatives

Pine-drops, Pterospora andromedea
Beehive Mtn
Pine-drops, Pterospora andromedea
Mt Dickerman
indian pipe
(no album)
Shinleaf, Pyrola elliptica
Rattlesnake Mountain

 

Subfamily Vaccinioidae

plants > dicots > asterids > Ericales > Ericaceae > Vaccinoidae

Blueberries and close relatives

Mountain Cranberry
Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Lincoln & Lafayette
Highbush blueberry
Vaccinium corymbosum
Blue Hills
Blueberry
Mt Abraham
leatherleaf
Chamaedaphne calyculata
Ponkapoag


American Pitcher Plants (Sarraceniaceae)

plants > dicots > asterids > Ericales > Sarraceniaceae

Easy to identify by their carnivorous leaves; they also have very odd flowers. The flowers below are missing their petals (you can see one in the background of the last shot)

Sarracenia Purpurea
Mt Chocorua, April 2010
Sarracenia
Garden in the Woods
Sarracenia
Garden in the Woods
Sarracenia
Garden in the Woods
Sarracenia
Garden in the Woods


Other Ericales

plants > dicots > asterids > Ericales > Other Ericales

Starflower, Trientalis borealis
Blue Hills
Starflower
Trientalis borealis
Blue Hills
Primula denticulata
Shelburne Falls
Chimaphila maculata
Robins




Gentian Order (Gentianales)

plants > dicots > asterids > Gentianales



Dogbane Family(Apocynaceae)

plants > dicots > asterids > Gentianales > Apocynaceae


Plumeria sp.
Turks & Caicos
Periwinkle
Vinca minor
Prospect Hill
Tropical Milkweed
Asclepias curassavica.
Gumbo Limbo
Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca.
Middlesex Fells
Spreading Dogbane
Apocynum androsaemifolium
July 4th, 2008

Madder family (Rubiaceae)

plants > dicots > asterids > Gentianales > Rubiaceae


bluets
Mt Madison
bluets
Spaulding Mtn
bluets
July 4, 2008



Mint Order (Lamiales)

plants > dicots > asterids > Lamiales




Olive family (Oleaceae)

plants > dicots > asterids > Lamiales > Oleaceae


Indet.
Lilac Sunday
lilac
Lilac Sunday
lilac
May Flowers
lilac
May Flowers

Broomrape family (Orobanchaceae)

plants > dicots > asterids > Lamiales > Orobanchaceae


Naked Broomrape,
Orobanche uniflora
(no album)
Castilleja
Angel's Landing
Castilleja
South Sister

Plantain family (Plantaginaceae)

plants > dicots > asterids > Lamiales > Plantaginaceae


penstemon
Mt Bachelor
penstemon
South Sister
penstemon
Garden in the Woods
snapdragon
Butterfly Place
Turtlehead
Chelone glabra
Mt Moosilauke

Other Lamiales

plants > dicots > asterids > Lamiales > other


Odontonema cuspidatum
Gumbo Limbo
Linaria vulgaris
Local Pond
Paulownia
Lilac Sunday
Paulownia
Lilac Sunday
mimulus
South Sister



Nightshade Order (Solanales)

plants > dicots > asterids > Solanales

Members of this order are frequently poisonous.


Nightshade family

plants > dicots > asterids > Solanales > Solanaceae

Includes tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplants, but also deadly nightshade.

Unidentified
Jardin Botanique
Brugmansia sanguinea
Warmiwanuska
Angel's Trumpet
Brugmansia sp.
Machu Picchu
Nightshade
Local Strolls


Morning Glory family (Convulvulaceae)

plants > dicots > asterids > Solanales > Convulvulaceae

Vines with a distinctive trumpet-shaped flower.

Morning-Glory
Puerto Rico
morning-glory
Chandler's Pond
morning glory
Yet More Pond Life
morning-glory
Chandler's Pond



Other Asterids

plants > dicots > asterids > Other Asterids


Teasel, Dipsacus sp.
Cârţa
Wild Sarsaparilla
Aralia nudicaulis
Blue Hills
Aphelandra aurantiaca
Botanic Garden
Calceolaria sp.
Winaywayna
phacelia
South Sister
Polemonium
South Sister
phlox
Front Garden