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

What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County
Arboretum


January 2007
Page Three




 
Eucalyptus conica
Fuzzy box
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia
 
Eucalyptus caleyi
Caley's ironbark
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Australia

 
The Lythraceae or loosestrife family is a medium-sized family of 32 genera and about 600 species mainly located in the tropics but extending into some temper-
ate regions. It takes its name from genus Lythrum, an epithet derived from the Greek lythron, "blood," alluding to the color of the flowers. The name loosestrife refers to an old belief that this herb could quell the unruliness or strife of oxen when yoked, and it apparently does have the affect of keeping flies and gnats away. It is a mostly herbaceous family with some shrubs and trees. The leaves are typically opposite, simple and entire, and the flowers range from being radially symmetric to zygomorphic and are usually brightly-colored with 4-6 petals and twice as many stamens as sepals. The family is closely related to the evening primroses and includes such species as pomegranates, the water chestnut, the dyeplant Henna, and the crepe myrtles.
Cuphea llavea
Bat-faced cuphea
Lythraceae (Loosestrife family)
Mexico


 
 
Verbena lilacina
Lilac verbena
Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Baja California
 



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