Wildflowers of
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Flora of
Wildflowers of
Flora of
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Wildflower Photos

What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

April 2007
Page Nine

Laelia cultivar
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Hort. (Orig. Tropical America)
Salvia officinalis 'Italian'
Italian sage
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Hort. (Orig. Spain, Balkans, N. Africa)

Stachys byzantina
Lambs' ears, Woolly betony
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Caucasus to Iran
The Lamiaceae, or mint family, contains about 200 genera and 3500 species of mostly herbs, some shrubs, and a few trees and climbers. It was known at one time as the Labiatae because the flowers typically have petals fused into an upper lip and a lower lip, but now takes its name from genus Lamium. This is a family that is familiar to most people due to its aromatic qualities and because it includes such important herbs as basil, mint, rosemary, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, thyme, and lavender. It is a close relative of the vervain family and some phylletic revision is underway. The leaves are opposite and decussate or whorled, the stems are frequently square in cross section, and the flowers are bi-laterally symmetric with five united petals and five united sepals. Some other members familiar to most people are coleus, chia, and catnip. Aromatic oils are also utilized in the perfume industry.

Asparagus virgatus
Broom fern
Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
South Africa

Carya illinoinensis
Juglandaceae (Walnet family)
Central U.S. to Northern Mexico
Melaleuca pentagona
No common name recorded
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Western Australia

Aquilegia cultivars

Nigella sativa
Black cumin, Roman coriander
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Macadamia tetraphylla
Macadamia nut
Proteaceae (Protea family)
Eastern Australia

Ornithogalum sp.
Star of Bethlehem
Hyacinthaceae (Hyacinth family)
South Africa, Mediterranean
Linaria sp.
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)

Brunfelsia pauciflora 'Magnifica'
Brazil rain tree
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)
Hort. (Orig. Brazil and Venezuela)
Currently unidentified

Calothamnus quadrifidus
One-sided bottlebrush
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Southwestern Australia
Chrysanthemum sp.
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Tradescentia cf. sillamontana
White velvet, white gossamer
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort family)
Northeast Mexico
Viola hederacea
Australian violet
Violaceae (Violet family)
Southeastern Australia

Ficus watkinsiana
Watkins' fig
(Mulberry family)
Eastern Australia
[What appear to the fruits are actually
the flowers enclosed in pods]

Capparis spinosa
Capparidaceae (Caper family)
Aloe porphyrostachys
No common name recorded
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
Saudi Arabia

Lomandra longifolia
Spiny-headed mat rush
Xanthorrhoeaceae (Xanthorrhoea family)

Abutilon palmeri
Palmer's indian mallow
Malvaceae (Mallow family)
SW U.S. and Mexico
Dahlia 'Mystic Dreamer'
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Hort. (Orig. Mexico to Columbia)

Senecio bicolor ssp. cineria (= S. cinerea)
Silver ragwort, Dusty miller
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Southern Europe


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