Wildflowers of
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Flora of
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Aloes of the
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What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County
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December 2007
Page Three




 
Cattleya trianaei
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Columbia
 
Aloe fosteri
Foster's aloe
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
Southern Africa

 
The Buxaceae or box family is a small one with about 120 species in 4-5 gen- era and is widely scattered in tropical, subtropical and temperate areas but centered primarily in eastern Asia and in parts of Central America and the Carib- bean. It appears to be in the order Buxales, a small order containing only one other family. Comprised mainly of evergreen shrubs and smallish trees, the leaves are simple and estipulate, and often leathery. The flowers are radially symmetrical in axillary or terminal spikes, racemes or clusters. The fruits are either loculicidal capsules or drupes with black, shiny seeds. Box shrubs are widely grown mostly as ornamentals for land- scape use as hedging and other family members as a ground cover. The hard dense wood of some species has been utilized for carving and inlaying furniture. Buxus was the classical Latin name used for the box shrub by Pliny.
Sarcococca saligna
Sweet box
Buxaceae (Box family)
Western Himalayas


 
 
Chimonanthus praecox
Wintersweet
Calycanthaceae (Sweet-shrub family)
China
 



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