Wildflowers of
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Flora of
Wildflowers of
Flora of
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April 2007
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Dianella tasmanica
Tasmanian flax lily
Liliaceae (Lily family)
Tasmania, SE Australia
Eucalyptus platypus
Round-leaved moort
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Western Australia

Brachychiton rupestris
Queensland bottle tree
Sterculiaceae (Cacao family)
The Sterculiaceae is also known as the cacao family. It is a mostly tropical and subtropical family with 65 genera and 1000 species and takes its name from the genus Sterculia, which is named in turn from the Latin stercus, "dung or manure," from the unpleasant smell of the flowers and leaves of some species. The family is composed mainly of shrubs and trees with simple, alternate leaves and flowers with five connate sepals and five or zero petals. As is the case with other families, a revision is likely in the works for Sterculiaceae and its close relatives Tiliaceae and Bombacaceae. Some systemists place the Sterculiaceae into the larger family Malvaceae. Many of the species in this family yield valuable lumber, and its best known products are chocolate and cocoa from Theobroma cacao and kola nuts from the genus Cola. Several other familiar genera are Brachychiton and Fremontodendron.

Athanasia acerosa
Coulter bush
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
South Africa
Gardenia thunbergia
Thunberg's gardenia, White gardenia
Rubiaceae (Madder family)
South Africa

Aloe grandidentata
No common name recorded
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
South Africa
Cymbidium 'Tom Thumb'
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Liriodendron tulipifera
Tulip tree
Magnoliaceae (Magnolia family)
Eastern North America

Lippia micromeria
Dominican oregano
Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Dominican Republic
Collinsia heterophylla
Chinese houses
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
California and Baja

Calliandra haematocephala
Red powder-puff
Fabaceae (Pea family)
South America
Cornus florida
Eastern flowering dogwood
Cornaceae (Dogwood family)
Eastern North America

Achillea millefolium
Yarrow (Common form)
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Erythrina falcata
Coral tree
Fabaceae (Pea family)
SE United States and Mexico

Aloe plicatilis
Fan aloe
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
South Africa
Anthericum saundersii
Spider plant
Liliaceae (Lily family)
Africa and Europe

Ceiba pentandra
Kapok tree
Bombacaceae (Bombax family)
Tropical South America
Nemophila menziesii
Baby blue eyes
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf family)

Gilia tricolor
Bird's eye gilia
Polemoniaceae (Phlox family)
Western U.S.
Lupinus succulentus
Foothill lupine
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Southwestern U.S.

Philadelphus X virginalis
Miniature snowflake, Virginal mock-orange
Hydrangeaceae (Hydranga family)
N. America, SE Europe and Asia
Cotoneaster sp.
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Northern temperate regions

Ozothamnus diosmifolius 'Pink'
Pink rice flower
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Eastern Australia
Salvia canariensis
Canary Island sage
Lamiaceae (Miint family)
Canary Islands

Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin'
Elfin thyme
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
N. Europe to NW Spain
Senecio viravira
Dusty miller, Silver fern senecio
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Southern Argentina

Coleonema album
White breath of heaven
Rutaceae (Rue family)
South Africa
Rehmannia elata
Chinese foxglove
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)


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