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June 2007
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Lagunaria patersonii 'Royal Purple'
Primrose tree, Cow-itch tree, Norfolk
Island hibiscus
Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Hort. (Orig. Australasia)

Alectryon coriaceus
Beach bird's eye, Beach alectryon
Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)
Eastern Australia

Polygala apopetala
No common name recorded
Polygalaceae (Milkwort family)
The Polygalaceae or milkwort family contains about 1000 species in 20 genera distributed almost worldwide but absent from New Zealand and other southern Pacific islands and the very Northern Hemisphere. It is in the order Fabales with its sister family Fabaceae. The family is composed of mainly herbs and shrubs, with a few trees and climbers. Over half the family members are in the genus Polygala, which derives its name from the Greek polys, "much," and gala, "milk." It was so named because it was thought originally (and incorrectly) to stimulate breast milk and not because it contains milky sap. The leaves are simple, estipulate and usually alternate, and the flowers are usually zygomorphic and often share a resemblance with the legumes, with corollas typically of 3 petals, the median anterior of which is keel-like and sometimes with a fringed crest. Often used in local medicines.

Euphorbia resinifera
Resin spurge
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family)
Pseudogaltonia clavata
(syn. Ornithogalum clavatum)
Cape hyacinth
Hyacinthaceae (Hyacinth family)
South Africa and Namibia

Platanus racemosa
Western sycamore
Platanaceae (Sycamore family)
Southern California, Baja

Cornus macrophylla
Large-leaf dogwood
Cornaceae (Dogwood family)
Himalayas, Japan, China
Neomarica caerulea
Walking iris
Iridaceae (Iris family)

Enterolobium contortisiliquum
Earpod tree, Timbouva
Fabaceae (Pea family)

Cymbopogon nardus
Citronella grass, Nard grass
Poaceae (Grass family)
Southeast Asia
Catananche caerulea
Cupid's dart, Blue cupidone
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Origanum onites
Pot marjorum
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Agastache cana 'Purple Pygmy'
Hoary balm of Giliad
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
New Mexico, West Texas

Monarda didyma
Bee balm, Oswego tea
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Canada, U.S.
Origanum vulgare 'Humile'
Creeping oregano, Dwarf marjorum
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Myrtus communis
Greek myrtle
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Currently unidentified

Cupaniopsis anacardioides
Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)
Australia, New Caledonia

Rudbeckia hirta 'Spotlight'
Black-eyed Susan
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Central U.S.
Angophora costata
Smooth-bark apple
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia

Solidago californica
California goldenrod
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Southern Oregon to Baja
Aster chilensis 'Point St. George'
Coast aster
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
British Columbia to Southern California

Erigeron glauca 'Arthur Menzies'
Seaside daisy
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Oregon to coastal California
Encelia californica
Bush sunflower
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
California, Northern Baja


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