Diversity of tribe Astereae (Asteraceae) of Jammu and Kashmir
Introduction: The present paper deals with tribe Astereae comprising of 62 species representing 17 genera of family Asteraceae. The study of this tribe is based on the species within the limits of Jammu and Kashmir State. Many of the species are confined to the alpine zones of Kashmir Himalayas. Tribe Astereae is rich one and studies regarding the number of species in each genus are given. Material and Methods: The study of species of this tribe was made in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir. The genera and species were identified with the help of taxonomic literature and compilation of works of other authors wherever required. The change in colour of the florets on drying causes difficulty to know the identity of species. Result: The tribe Astereae is compiled for the first time from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Astereae constitutes 2.06% and 2.53% of the species in Jammu and Kashmir and India respectively in comparison to 3000 species of this tribe reported from the world. Eight genera of the tribe Astere have been reported from the state of Jammu and Kashmir with single species.