In order to better understand the breakdown of the lineages in Madia gracilis we have the Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species information listed and described below. Image: Madia gracilis bud and flower. Photograph taken by Dennis Ancinec. Used by permission.

Domain: Eukarya

Organisms that are classified as Eukaryotes are composed of Eukaryotic cells and are made up of membrane bound organelles (Mozely 2004). Species under the domain Eukarya are also either unicellular or multicellular organisms (Mozely 2004).

Kingdom: Plantae

Organisms of the Kingdom Planteae are multicellular organisms that produce their own nutrients through photosynthesis. This process makes organisms in this kingdom autotrophic (Dickison et al 2014).

Phylum: Magnoliophyta

Organisms within the phylum Magnoliophyta are also known as Angiosperms, this group of flowering plants contains the greatest number of species of all the plant phyla(Takhajan 2009). Characteristics of Magnoliophyta include a pollen grain that deposites on the stigma for pollination, contain simplified male and female gametophytes, and they undergo triple fusion of the egg (Takhajan 2009).

Class: Magnoliopsida

The class Magnoliopsida is a type of flowering plant that is also known as dicots. Characteristics that make these plants dicots are cotyledon leaves that are present inside the plants seeds, after germination these leaves become the first leaves of the plant (Cooper 2010).

Order: Asterales

This order of flowering plant species is also known as the daisy order and can be divided into 11 families (Hodgkiss 2013). Species of this order share characteristics and mechanisms such as plunger pollination, ellagic acid, and inulin (Hodgkiss 2013).Image: Asterales Phylogenetic Tree. Infomation Couristy of Tree of Life. Created by Joe Glomski










Family: Asteraceae-Aster

Asteraceae is the largest family of flowing plants on the planet (Encyclopedia Britannica 2014). A common characteristic is found in the Asteraceae family is a flowering head that is made up of florets or small flowers (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2014).

Genus: Madia

The genus Madia is comprised of 10 species that are commonly know as tarweeds. The reason behind the name tarweed will be described later in on the website. Madia species are described as being daisy like plants because of their yellow ray florets (Carr 2000).

Species: gracilis

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