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What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

December 2007
Page One

Pachypodium geayi
Madagascar palm
Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)
Southwestern Madagascar
Ruellia makoyana
Trailing velvet plant
Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Iresine lindenii
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
The Amaranthaceae or amaranth family is widely distributed across tropical, sub-tropical and temperate regions of the world, but concentrated mainly in Africa, and Central and South America. It is a large family and contains between 70 and 160 genera and between 1000 and 2400 species. The APG II system includes the taxa that were formerly placed in the Chenopodiaceae, which accounts for the disparity in numbers of species and genera. Whether they are in the same family or not, they are certainly closely related. The leaves are simple, estipulate and generally entire. The flowers are usually small and frequently prickly due to the bristly perianth and bracts, they have 4-5 connate petals and are often subtended by bracts or bractlets. Some Amaranth species have grainlike edible seeds that were widely used in Central and South America. Many species are grown today as ornamentals.

Eucalyptus laeliae
Darling Range ghost gum
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Southwestern Australia
Dendrobium 'Pompadour'
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Laelia rubescens
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Central America
Laelia gouldiana
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Corymbia (Eucalyptus) maculata
Spotted gum
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia

Acacia holosericea
Velvet wattle, Fish poison wattle
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Northeastern Australia
Eucalyptus paramattensis
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia

Aloe spectabilis
Mountain aloe
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
South Africa

Buddleja madagascariensis
Yellow butterfly bush
Loganiaceae (Logania family)

Acacia farnesiana
Sweet acacia
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Tropical and subtropical America
Acer paxii
Evergreen maple
Aceraceae (Maple family)
Central and Southwestern China

Cattleya mendelii
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Laeliocattleya 'Bonanza'
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Osmanthus heterophyllus
Holly tea olive, Holly osmanthus, False holly
Oleaceae (Olive family)

Zanthoxylum simulans
Chinese pepper
Rutaceae (Citrus family)
X Laeliocattleya Mariner 'Far Horizon'
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Delairea odorata
Cape ivy
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
South Africa
Currently unidentified

Aloe acutissima
No common name recorded
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
Callistemon rugulosus 'Violaceus'
Purple bottlebrush
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)

Eucalyptus staigeriana
Lemon-scented ironbark
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia
Oxalis corniculata
Creeping wood-sorrel
Oxalidaceae (Oxalis family)


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