Wildflowers of
Southern California
Flora of
Wildflowers of
Flora of
South Africa
Aloes of the
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Wildflower Photos

What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

February 2007
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Acacia buxifolia
Box leaf wattle
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Eastern Australia
Nemophila maculata
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf)
Central California

Phacelia campanularia
Desert bluebells
Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf)
Southern California
Acacia vestita
Weeping boree
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Eastern Australia

Acokanthera sp.
Bushman's poison
Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)
Tropical Africa

Malvaviscus arboreus
Turk's cap, Wax Mallow
Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Southern U.S. to Peru and Brazil
Heliotropium sp.
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Papaver nudicaule
Icelandic poppy
Papaveraceae (Poppy family)
Subpolar N. Europe & N. America
Salvia sp.
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Armeria maritima
Thrift, Sea-pink
Plumbaginaceae (Leadwort family)
Coastal northern hemisphere
The Plumbaginaceae, called the leadwort or plumbago family, is in the order Caryophyllales and contains about 24 genera and 800 species. This very large order also includes iceplants, amaranths, cactuses, pinks, sundews, buckwheats, pitcher plants, tamarisks and quite a few others. The family takes it name from genus Plumbago, which comes from the Latin plumbum, 'lead,' and the ending -ago indicating a resemblance or property, reflecting an apparent early belief that the plant could cure lead poisoning. The family is widespread and cosmopolitan, ranging from arctic to tropical regions, but particularly likes dry places with saline soils like salt flats and seacoasts. The basal leaves have glands that can excrete calcareous salt crystals. Members of this family are typically herbaceous or small shrubs with a few lianas, mostly perennial.

Persea americana 'Fuerte-Whedon'
Lauraceae (Laurel family)
Hort. (Orig. Mexico)
Dahlstedtia pinnata
No common name recorded
Fabaceae (Pea family)

Vinca minor
Dwarf periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle
Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)
Europe & Southern Russia
Erica X darleyensis 'Margaret Porter'
(E. carnea & E. erigena)
Darley Dale heath
Ericaceae (Heather family)

Hebe buxifolia
New Zealand flame bush, Boxleaf hebe
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort)
New Zealand
Chaenomeles japonica 'Orange Delight'
Japanese flowering quince
Rosaceae (Rose family)

Clivia miniata
Bush lily, Kaffir lily
Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family)
South Africa
Geranium X cantabrigense
(G. macrorrhizum & G. dalmaticum)
Bloody cranesbill
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)

Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata
Square-leaf grass tree
Xanthorrhoeaceae (Xanthorrhoea family)
Southern Australia

Eucalyptus caesia
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Western Australia
Mammillaria elongata
Lace cactus
Cactaceae (Cactus family)
Central Mexico

Acacia drepanolobium
Whistling thorn
Fabaceae (Pea family)
West Africa
Beaumontia jerdoniana
Nepal trumpet flower
Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)

Aloe sinkatana
No common name recorded
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
Narcissus X odorus
Campernelle jonquil
Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family)
sterile hybrid of N. jonquilla &
N. pseudonarcissus

Tabebuia chrysotricha
Golden trumpet tree
Bignoniaceae (Trumpet-vine family)
Columbia, Brazil
Pyrus kawakamii
Evergreen pear
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Japan and Taiwan


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