Wildflower Families

Botanists have organized the more than 260,00 named species of plants found in the world  into families, earlier based on their appearance, more recently based on genetic information. This genetic information has necessitated some changes in the older organization and naming of plants. About 3,100 of these species grow in Washington. The group of flowers in the photo below were growing in a meadow on Bearhead Mountain.

Family Characteristics:

The flowers of some families are easy to recognize by their shape, but even these show much variation. Here are some examples of family characteristics from the flowers in the above photo:

Aster Family

Mountain Arnica

Pea Family


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Some other examples:

The flowers in the Stonecrop Family are an example of the most basic flower.

Spreading Oregon Grape

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Orchid Family

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Mint Family

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