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

What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

July 2007
Page Four

Lippia oaxaca
Mexican lemon verbena
Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Saponaria officinalis
Bouncing bet
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)

Cycas revoluta
Japanese sago palm
Cycadaceae (Cycad family)
Southern Japan
[male flower cone]
Hypericum perforatum
Common St. John's-wort
Clusiaceae (St. John's-wort family)

Coffea arabica
Arabian coffee (fruit)
Rubiaceae (Madder family)
Tropical Africa

Rudbeckia laciniata
Cutleaf cornflower
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Northern and Central U.S.
Haematoxylum brasiletto
Brazilwood, Mexican logwood
Fabaceae (Pea family)

Coix lacryma-jobi
Christ's tears, Job's tears
Poaceae (Grass family)

Plectranthus argentatus
Silver spurflower, Silver plectranthus
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Eastern Australia

Hemerocallis 'Christmas Wishes'
Day lily
Hemerocallidaceae (Hemerocallis family)
Cuphea ignea 'Compacta'
Dwarf cigar plant
Lythraceae (Loosestrife family)
Mexico, West Indies

Pelargonium sidoides
Umckaloaba, Kalwerbossie
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)
South Africa
The Geraniaceae or geranium family is widely distributed but concentrated in temperate areas. It is absent from the wet tropics and much of Australasia. The family is made up of 5-6 genera and about 800 species of annual and perennial shrubs, herbs and geophytes. The leaves are alternate, usually stipulate, and usually lobed or otherwise divided. The flowers are radially symmetrical (Geranium) or slightly zygomorphic (Pelargonium), with 5 free petals and 5 sepals either connate or united at the base. The inflorescences are usually umbellate or cymose. The fruit is a dry schizocarp made up of five (or three) fused carpels. Genus Pelargonium has about 280 species with a center of diversity in the Cape region of South Africa. It is an important horticultural plant the oils of which are also used in perfumes and flavorings. Other Geraniums have been used in traditional medicines.

Rhus chinensis
Chinese gall, Nut gall
Anacardiaceae (Sumac family)
Japan and China

Sisyrinchium californicum
Golden-eyed grass
Iridaceae (Iris family)
California to British Columbia
Zephyranthes candida
Zephyr lily, Fairy lily
Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family)

Cinnamomum brevifolium
No common name recorded
Lauraceae (Laurel family)
Camptotheca acuminata
Xi shu, Happy Tree
Cornaceae (Dogwood family)
China, Tibet

Clethra barbinervis
Japanese clethra
Clethraceae (Clethra family)

Plumeria rubra
Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)
Central America, Mexico, Venezuela
Currently unidentified

Abelia chinensis
Chinese abelia
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Ficus aspera 'Parcellii'
Clown fig, Mosaic fig
Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Hort. (Orig. Pacific Islands)

Phalaenopsis lueddemanniana var. boxalii
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Currently unidentified


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