Wildflowers of
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Flora of
Wildflowers of
Flora of
South Africa
Aloes of the
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What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

April 2007
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X Graptoveria
(Echeveria X Graptophyllum)
Yellow-flowered hen and chicks
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop family)
Calliandra californica
Baja fairy duster
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Baja, Mexico

Cytisus X praecox 'Allgold'
(C. multiflorus & C. purgans)
Warminster broom
Fabaceae (Pea family)

Eucalyptus sargentii
Sargent's mallet, Salt River gum
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Western Australia
Iris sp.
Iridaceae (Iris family)

Lantana montevidensis
(syn. L. sellowiana)
Trailing lantana
Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Central eastern South America
The Verbenaceae, commonly known as the verbena or vervain family, contains around 90 genera and between 2000 and 2600 species. The family includes trees, shrubs and herbs, and is pantropical with a few temperate species. It is closely related to the Lamiaceae or mint family and like them often has square-shaped stems and aromatic foliage. The leaves are mostly simple and opposite or whorled. The family takes its name from the genus Verbena, a Latin name for a plant sacred to the Romans. Typically species have 5 connate sepals and petals and the fruit is usually a drupe or occasionally nutlets. Lemon verbena has been grown for flavoring, teak is a valuable lumber, and verbena itself has had medicinal uses. There are many species that are beautiful ornamentals, while others are weedy. Some genera have been transferred to the Lamiaceae, and others to families of their own.

Podocarpus henkelii
Falcate yellow-wood
Podocarpaceae (Podocarp family)
South Africa
Drosanthemum hispidum
Rosea iceplant
Aizoaceae (Iceplant family)
South Africa

Aloe striata hybrid
Coral aloe
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
South Africa
Duranta erecta
Golden dewdrop, Pigeonberry
Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
West Indies, Central & South America

Nandina cf. domestica
Heavenly bamboo
Berberidaceae (Barberry family)
India to Japan

Wigandia caracasana
Caracas wigandia
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf family)
Venezuela, Columbia, Mexico
Pittosporum tobira
Japanese pittosporum
Pittosporaceae (Pittosporum family)
China and Japan

Prunus laurocerasus
Cherry laurel
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Leptospermum laevigatum
Coast tea tree
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia

Convolvulus sp.
Convolvulaceae (Morning-glory family)
Currently unidentified

Chamaerops humilis
Mediterranean fan palm
Arecaceae (Palm family)
Acer orientale
Oriental maple
Aceraceae (Maple family)

Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'
Butterfly blue pincushion
Dipsacaceae (Teasel family)
Europe, Africa and Asia
Antirrhinum majus
Common snapdragon
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
Southwestern Europe

Broussonetia papyrifera
Paper mulberry
Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Eastern Asia
[fruits on the left, pistillate flowers on the right]

Pelargonium graveolens
Rose geranium
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)
South Africa
Prunus lyonii
Catalina cherry
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Catalina Island

Fallugia paradoxa
Apache plume
Rosaceae (Rose family)
SW U.S. and northern Mexico


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