Wildflowers of
Southern California
Flora of
Wildflowers of
Flora of
South Africa
Aloes of the
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What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

December 2007
Page Two

Eucalyptus diversifolia
Soap mallee
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Western and southern Australia

Currently unidentified

Cestrum fasciculatum
Red cestrum, Early jessamine
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)
Anthurium sp.
Araceae (Arum family)
Tropical America

Pereskia aculeata
Leafy cactus
Cactaceae (Cactus family)
Tropical America

Haemaria discolor
Jewel orchid
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Indonesia and Myanmar (Burma)

Dendrobium farmeri
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Thailand, Laos and Cambodia

Greyia sutherlandii
Natal bottlebrush
Melianthaceae (Honeyflower family)
South Africa
The Melianthaceae or honeyflower family contains 5 genera and about 18 rather diverse species. Limited to Africa with the exception of the monotypic Chilean genera Francoa and Tetilla, the family consists of small trees and shrubs with alternate, pinnately compound leaves and flowers in terminal racemes. The genus Greyia has been considered in its own family, but now is in this one. The family name is derived from the Greek meli, "honey," and anthos, "flower," alluding to the nectar-rich blossoms. Some species have had medicinal uses such as treating snake bites and other wounds, the wood of other members has been used as timber and for carving utensils and ornaments, and burned as incense. The flowers are mostly radially symmetric, 4-5-merous with 4 or 5 free petals. The fruit is a papery or woody dehiscent capsule, either loculicidal or opening only at the tip.

Aloe vaombe
Malagasy tree aloe
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
Southern Madagascar
Currently unidentified

Cattleya percivaliana
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Ehretia tinifolia
Bastard cherry
Boraginaceae (Borage family)
Mexico and West Indies

Aloe elegans
No common name recorded
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
Tropical Africa and Madagascar

Miltonidium 'Hawaiian Sunset'
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Malpighia sp.
Malpighiaceae (Malpighia family)
Central to South America, Caribbean

Aloe vanbalenii
Van Balen's aloe
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
South Africa

Currently unidentified

Syzygium buxifolium
Box-leaved syzygium
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Southern China and Taiwan
Ilex cornuta
Chinese holly
Aquifoliaceae (Holly family)
Eastern China and Korea


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