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April 2007
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Oncidium altissimum
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Martinique and St. Vincent

Cymbidium 'Doctor Lloyd Hawkinson'
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Hort. (Orig. Australia)
Phalaenopsis hybrid
(Brazilian Legend & Senegal)
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Strelitzia nicolai
Giant bird-of-paradise
Strelitziaceae (Crane flower family)
South Africa
Oenothera berlandieri
Mexican evening primrose
Onagraceae (Evening primrose family)
California, Mexico

Vriesea sp.
Lobster claw
Bromeliaceae (Bromeliad family)
Mexico, C. & S. America, West Indies
Chrysactinia mexicana
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Southewestern U.S. and Mexico

Thymus herba-barona
Caraway thyme
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Corsica and Sardinia
Sedum hybridum 'Czar's Gold'
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop family)

Stipa ichu
Peruvian feather grass
Poaceae (Grass family)
Mexico and South America
The Poaceae is the world's fifth largest plant family, exceeded in numbers of species only by the Asteraceae,  Orchidaceae, Fabaceae and Rubiaceae. It was formerly known as the Gramineae and is known to everyone as the grass family. It contains about 600 genera and between nine and ten thousand species. Grasslands comprise 20% of the vegetation cover of the earth, and the Poaceae with food grains, forage grasses and bamboos used in construction is without question the most important of all plant families to human economies. Just three cereal grains (rice, wheat, and maize or corn) provide more than half of all calories eaten by humans, and 70% of all crops are grasses. Barley, oats, rye, millet and sugar cane are other major agricultural crops. Grasses are quite different from other plants, with very distinctive features that require learning a whole new set of botanical terms.

Mammillaria mystax
No common name recorded
Cactaceae (Cactus family)
Central and Southern Mexico
Calylophus hartwegii
Hartweg's sundrops
Onagraceae (Evening primrose family)
Southwestern U.S., N. Mexico

Eucalyptus cladocalyx
Dwarf sugar gum
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
South Australia
Melaleuca ericifolia
Swamp paperbark
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Southeastern Australia

Melaleuca elliptica
Granite honey myrtle
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Western Australia
Astrophytum asterias
Star Cactus
Cactaceae (Cactus family)
Southern Texas & northern Mexico

Acer diabolicum
Horned maple
Aceraceae (Maple family)
Acer sikkimense
Sikkim maple
Aceraceae (Maple family)
China, India, and Myanmar

Viburnum carlesii
Korean spice viburnum
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Korea and Japan
Quercus palustris
Pink oak
Fagaceae (Oak family)
Eastern North America

Malus kirghisorum
Kirghiz apple
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Central Asia
Currently unidentified

Salix sp.
Salicaceae (Willow family)
Acer palmatum
Japanese maple
Aceraceae (Maple family)
Japan, Korean and China

Aesculus X carnea 'Briotti'
Red horse-chestnut
Hippocastanaceae (Horse-chestnut family)
Salvia elegans
Pineapple sage
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Central Mexico and Guatemala

Syringa vulgaris 'Lavender Lady'
Common lilac
Oleaceae (Olive family)
Penstemon sp.
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)


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