Wildflowers of
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Flora of
Wildflowers of
Flora of
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Aloes of the
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December 2006
Page Three

X Potinara
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Multigeneric hybrid
Pelargonium cordifolium
Heart-leaved pelargonium
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)
South Africa

Caesalpinia cacalaco
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Echinacea purpurea
Purple coneflower
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Eastern U.S.

Cattleya cultivar
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Hort. (Orig. Tropical America)
Guzmania lingulata
Scarlet star
(Bromeliad family)
West Indies, Central & South America

Reinwardtia indica
Yellow flax
Linaceae (Flax family)
Northern India
Anthurium sp.
Araceae (Arum family)
Tropical America

Aloe cryptopoda
Yellow aloe, Geelaalwyn
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
South Africa
Phalaenopsis hieroglyphica
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Lilium formosanum
Formosa lily
Liliaceae (Lily family)
Multigeneric orchid hybrid
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Tulbaghia violacea
Society garlic
Alliaceae (Onion family)
South Africa
Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'
Japanese honeysuckle
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Japan, Korea and China

Laelia anceps
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Aechmea fasciata
Silver-vase bromeliad
Bromeliaceae (Bromeliad family)
Central and South America

Thunbergia alata
Black-eyed Susan vine
Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Tropical and Southern Africa
Coreopsis auriculata
Mouse-ear tickseed, Eared tickseed
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Southeastern U.S.

Corymbia (=Eucalyptus) ficifolia
Red-flowering gum
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Western Australia

X Brassolaeliocattleya
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Trigeneric hybrid
Aloysia triphylla
Lemon Verbena
Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Argentina and Chile

Phalaenopsis aphrodite hybrid
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Allamanda cathartica
Golden trumpet vine
Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)
South America

Heliconia schiediana
Lobster claw
Heliconiaceae (Heliconia family)
The Heliconiaceae is a monotypic family containing the single genus Heliconia. The name comes from Mt. Helicon in Greece where the mythological Muses supposedly lived, and reflects the affinity of this genus to that of its close relative, Musa, the banana. It was formerly included in the Musaceae family. Other close relatives in the order Zingiberales are the banana-like genus Strelitzia, or bird-of-paradise, the gingers, Zingiberaceae, and the canna lilies. There are between 200 and 250 species in the family, most native to the Americas and a few in the South Pacific. What most people take as the flowers are actually showy waxy bracts which enclose the true flowers. Other common names include lobster claw, wild plantain and false bird-of-paradise. Heliconias are important sources of food for certain forest hummingbirds and some bats.

Holmskioldia sanguinea
Chinese hat plant
Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Himalayan lowlands
Helleborus argutifolius
Corsican helleborus
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Corsica and Sardinia

Tecoma 'Sunrise'
No common name recorded
Bignoniaceae (Bignonia family)
Neotropics, Africa
Arbutus sp.
Ericaceae (Heath family)
Mediterranean, W. Europe, western U.S.


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