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What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

August 2007
Page One

It seems that August and September are probably the months which see the fewest species blooming at the Arboretum, and many of the species which are in flower began blooming previously, so there are a limited number of new species to display. Nevertheless, there are still beauties for the visitor to enjoy like the belladona lilies, canna lilies, agapanthus, ligustrums and crape myrtles, and the gardens such as the herb garden, rose garden, Grace Kallam garden, and garden for all seasons are still awash in color. Lastly, there is the tropical greenhouse which always has gorgeous orchids and interesting species, and the new Madagascar garden.

PERSONAL NOTE: In some ways this has been a frustrating endeavor for me. I had initially believed that this project would be received with enthusiasm by the powers that be at the Arboretum, but I was perhaps naive in that assumption. It has been my experience that institutions frequently do not welcome the contributions of outsiders. I have spent 400 or so hours in the Arboretum over the course of the past year, and additionally many hundreds of hours creating this website and researching plant identifications. I had hoped originally that I could undertake this project in concert with garden staff, but I have found no one who has the expertise, the time, or the willingness to assist me with plant identifications for unidentified species on any consistent basis, and with only one or two exceptions such help as I have received has been limited. I have pretty much given up on soliciting help from garden personnel, and most of those things that are currently unidentified will unfortunately likely remain so. Although I have attempted as well to point out numerous examples of misspellings on garden signs, I have seen no evidence to date that any effort has been made to correct these errors. I have basically been on my own, and as a result any errors in this site are probably attributable to me alone.

Brassolaeliocattleya 'Eve Maria
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Cattleya bicolor
No common name recorded
(Orchid family)

Aloe tomentosa
Hairy green aloe, Woolly aloe
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
Yemen, Somalia, Saudi Arabia
Gomphostigma virgatum
River star, Otterbush
Loganiaceae (Strychnine family)
South Africa and Zimbabwe

Epidendrum ciliare
No common nsmr recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Central to South America

Yucca elephantipes
Spineless yucca, Soft-tip yucca, Giant yucca
Agavaceae (Agave family)
Southern Mexico and Central America

Eucalyptus erythronema
Red-flowered mallee
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Western Australia
Oreocereus celsianus
Old man of the Andes
Cactaceae (Cactus family)
Bolivia, Peru and Argentina

Brugmansia aurea 'White'
White angel's trumpet
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)
Columbian and Ecuadorian Andes
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'The Pearl'
Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Quararibea funebris
Rosita de cacao, Molinillo, Cacahuaxochitl
Bombacaceae (Bombax family)
Mexico, Central America
The Bombacaceae, variously referred to as the bombax, kapok or silk cotton family, is a taxa not recognized at the family level by the APG I and II system and others, but is by many other refer- ences. It is closely related to and consid-
ered part of Malvaceae by APG. As circumscribed by Heywood et. al., it includes 25 genera and about 250 spec- ies of deciduous trees most with swollen trunks. The leaves are alternate, entire and palmately-lobed to compound. The flowers are mostly actinomorphic and showy with 5 petals joined at the base. Known mainly as emergent trees, they are fibrous-barked and sometimes spiny. Ceiba pentandra is one of the tallest trees in Africa. The fruits are often dehi- scent, producing the cottony floss when open. Economic products of this family are the lightweight spongy wood balsa, kapok used in life jackets, and spices. Many species are grown as ornamentals.

Physostegia virginiana
Obedient plant, False dragonhead
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Eastern North America
Currently unidentified

Oncidium Sharry Baby 'Sweet Fragrance'
(O. Jamie Sutton X O. Honolulu)
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Anguloa clowesii
Tulip orchid
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Columbia, Venezuela

Haemanthus coccineus
Blood lily
Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family)
South Africa

Doritis esmeralda 'Purpurea'
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Hort. (Orig. Malaysia and Thailand)
Epidendrum fragrans
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Mexico, Central America, West Indies

Cymbidium findlaysonianum
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Southeast Asia

Stephanotis floribunda
Bridal wreath, Madagascar jasmine
Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed family)

Epilobium canum
California fuchsia
Onagraceae (Evening primrose family)
Western United States
Ceratostigma abyssinicum
Autumn blue
Plumbaginaceae (Leadwort family)
East and Northeast Africa

Amaryllis belladona 'Johannesburg'
Naked lady
Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family)
South Africa


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