Biology and Distribution

  • Bruce A. Bohm
  • Tod F. Stuessy


This chapter is designed to teach about biology and distribution of Asteraceae (or Compositae*) in a broad sense so that correlations drawn with flavonoid chemistry in other chapters of the book will be more meaningful. This is a difficult task; so much material on the family exists that it is impossible to present successfully (and succinctly!) all of it on structural, biological, and spatial dimensions in just one short chapter. We have selected information concerning the family that seems pertinent, interesting, and helpful for understanding relationships at different levels of the taxonomic hierarchy.


Sesquiterpene Lactone Involucral Bract Gender Strategy Disc Floret Inferior Ovary 
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© Springer-Verlag Wien 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce A. Bohm
    • 1
  • Tod F. Stuessy
    • 2
  1. 1.Botany DepartmentUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of Higher Plant Systematics and Evolution, Botanical Garden, Institute of BotanyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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