Wildflowers of
Southern California
Flora of
Wildflowers of
Flora of
South Africa
Aloes of the
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Mike's Favorite
Wildflower Photos

What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

December 2006
Page Four

Escallonia bifida
White escallonia
Escalloniaceae (Escallonia family)
Uraguay and southern Brazil
Malephora crocea
Red iceplant, Coppery mesemb
Aizoaceae (Iceplant family)
South Africa

Dianthus chinensis 'Ideal Raspberry'
Dianthus, China pink
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)
Barleria micans
Yellow barleria
Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Mexico and Costa Rica

Ludisia discolor
Jeweled ludisia, Jewel orchid
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Southeast Asia
Aloe candelabrum (= ferox)
No common name recorded
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
South Africa

Verbascum chaixii
Nettle-leafed moth mullein
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)
Central Europe

Eucalyptus crenulata
Silver gum
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
SE Australia (Victoria)
Cymbidium cultivar
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Hort. (Orig. Asia)

Paphiopedilum 'Matchless'
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Hort. (Orig. Asia)
Viburnum tinus 'Compactum'
Spring bouquet viburnum
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Agnes Gault'
Malvaceae (Mallow family)
The Malvaceae or mallow family is a very complex one which is still in the process of being well defined. The way it is viewed by the two main schools are in a restricted monophylletic sense and in a broader sense. In the former, it is considered to have about 115 genera amd 1500 species, in the latter about 250 genera including lindens, kapoks, baobabs, durians, balsa, cacao and others. The family most closely related to the Malvaceae is the Bombacaceae, which is the family of the silk-floss trees. A typical mallow has five showy petals and numerous stamens fused into a tube around the pistil. The best known of the shrubby genera are Malva, Hibiscus, Abutilon, Lavatera and Althaea, while cotton (Gossypium) and okra (Abelmoschus) are two important agricultural members. The family also contains some trees, and is very widespread.

Brassavola cultivar
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Hort. (Orig. Central & South America)
Tabebuia impetiginosa 'Paulensis'
Dwarf pink trumpet tree
Bignoniaceae (Trumpet-vine family)
Mexico to Argentina

Angraecum eburneum
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Madagascar and Africa
Paphiopedilum 'Plymouth Rock'
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Hort. (Orig. Asia)

Erigeron karvinskianus
Mexican fleabane
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Mexico to Venezuela
Buddleja davidii 'Dwarf lilac'
Butterfly bush
Loganiaceae (Logania family)
Hort. (Orig. China)

Cestrum elegans 'Smithii'
Pink cestrum
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)


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