What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

December 2006
Page One

Phlomis fruticosa
Jerusalem sage
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Eastern Mediterranean
Achillea millefolium
Yarrow (Red form)
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Gerbera jamesonii
Transvaal daisy
Asteraceae (Sunflower)
South Africa
Gaillardia X grandiflora
(G. aristata X G. pulchella)
Blanket flower
(Sunflower family)
Hort. (Orig. Southern U.S., Mexico)

Cassia phyllodinia
Silver cassia
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Justicia brandegeana
Shrimp plant
(Acanthus family)

Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense'
(syn. Clerodendrum ugandense)
Blue butterfly bush, Blue glory bower
(Mint family)
Tropical East Africa
Lantana camara
Common lantana, Shrub verbena
Verbenaceae (Vervain family)

Euphorbia milii
Crown of thorns
Euphorbiaceae (Euphorbia family)
Cymbidium cultivar
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Hort. (Orig. Asia)

Colletia paradoxa
Crucifixion thorn
Rhamnaceae (Buckthorn family)
Uraguay and Brazil
Abutilon 'Pink'
Chinese lantern
Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Hort. (Orig. Tropics and subtropics)

Grevillea 'Winpara Gem'
(G. thelemanniana X G. olivacea)
Proteaceae (Protea family)
Coelia bella
Beautiful coelia
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Melaleuca quinquenervia
Paperbark tree
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)

Eucalyptus pulverulenta
Silver-leaved mountain gum
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Faucaria tigrina
Tiger's jaws
Aizoaceae (Fig-marigold family)
South Africa

Justicia adhatodoides
No common name recorded
Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Southern India, Sri Lanka
Aloe marlothii (= A. spectabilis)
Mountain aloe, Bergaalwyn
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
South Africa

Acacia stenophylla
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Currently unidentified

Vanda X herziana
(V. coerulia X V. suavis)
Vanda hybrid
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Dietes iridioides
African iris, Cape iris
Iridaceae (Iris family)
Eastern and Southern Africa

Billbergia sp.
Bromeliaceae (Bromeliad family)
Mexico and South America
The Bromeliaceae is a large tropical and temperate New World family which is familiar to most people because of its inclusion of such species as pineapples and Spanish moss. There are about 45 genera and some 2000 species in this diverse family, all in the Americas except for one on the west coast of Africa. It was Columbus who encountered pineapples being cultivated in the West Indies, but the Incas, Aztecs and Mayas were well familiar with bromeliads and used them for a variety of purposes. By Linnaeus's time, 14 genera had been named. The family is divided into three sub-families, spiny-leaved terrestrial species, tank bromeliads which can store water in a "tank" formed by their tightly-overlapping leaf bases, and epiphytes. The family takes its name from the genus Bromelia which was named for the 17th century Swedish botanist Olof Bromol.

Justicia leonardii
Orange justicia
Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Iris germanica
Bearded iris, German iris
Iridaceae (Iris family)
Old World

Kalanchoe thyrsiflora
Desert cabbage, Paddle plant
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop family)
South Africa
Cleistocactus winteri
Golden rat tail cactus
Cactaceae (Cactus family)
Argentina to Uraguay

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