Wildflowers of
Southern California
Flora of
Bermuda
Wildflowers of
Ireland
Flora of
South Africa
Aloes of the
Huntington Gardens
Mike's Favorite
Wildflower Photos

What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County
Arboretum


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)
Mexico
 
Anthurium sp.
Anthurium
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

 

The Melianthaceae or honeyflower fam- ily contains 5 genera and about 18 rath- er 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 symmet- ric, 4-5-merous with 4 or 5 free petals. The fruit is a papery or woody dehiscent capsule, either loc- ulicidal or opening only at the tip.

Greyia sutherlandii
Natal bottlebrush
Melianthaceae (Honeyflower family)
South Africa


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

 
Cattleya percivaliana
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Venezuela
 
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)
Hort.

 
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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