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

July 2007
Page One

Duranta repens
Sky flower, Golden dewdrop,
Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Tropical America
Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegated'
Variegated shell ginger, Porcelein lily
Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Hort. (Orig. East Asia and New

Cattleya harrisoniana
No common name recorded
(Orchid family)
Brassia mexicana
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Michelia champaca 'Alba'
Magnoliaceae (Magnolia family)
Hort. (Orig. Eastern Himalayas)

Dichorisandra thyrsiflora
Blue ginger
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort family)
Northern South America
Leucophyllum langmaniae
Rio Bravo ranger
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)

Calathea zebrina
Zebra plant
Marantaceae (Arrowroot family)

Aeschynanthus radicans
Lipstick plant
Gesneriaceae (African violet family)

Crithmum maritimum
Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Salvia coahuilensis
Coahuila sage
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Uncarina grandidieri
Mouse trap tree
Pedaliaceae (Sesame family)
Southwestern Madagascar

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Chinese plumbago
Plumbaginaceae (Leadwort family)
Leptospermum ericoides
Tea tree, Burgan
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
New Zealand

Melaleuca bracteata 'Golden Gem'
[syn. M. monticola]
Black tea tree
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Callistemon citrinus 'Jeffers'
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Hort. (Orig. Australia)

Portulaca oleracea
Portulacaceae (Purslane family)
The Portulacaceae or purslane family has nearly a worldwide distribution, and although its major diversity is in the southern hemisphere it is also represented in North America and Eurasia. The family contains 20-30 genera and about 500 species of trees, shrubs and herbs, and is currently placed in the same order as the cacti, iceplants, buckwheats, tamarisks, and most carnivorous plants. The leaves are usually simple and entire-margined, often fleshy, glabrous or sometimes with hairs or glandular barbs. The flowers are typically radially symmetrical and are either solitary or in terminal racemes or cymes. The fruit is usually a circumscissile or loculicidal capsule. Many family members are found in arid or semiarid conditions like Portulaca and Calan- drinia. Common purslane (P. oleracea) is a widely eaten but not commercially grown vegetable. Other family members are cultivated as ornamentals.

Peltophorum africanum
Yellow African flamboyant
Fabaceae (Pea family)
South Africa

Rhynchostylis gigantea
Foxtail orchid
(Orchid family)
China and Southeast Asia

Schotia latifolia
Elephant hedge bean
Fabaceae (Pea family)
South Africa

Helianthus annuus 'Music Box'
Dwarf sunflower
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Eucalyptus leptophylla
Narrow-leaved red mallee
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Southeast Australia


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