Wildflowers of
Southern California
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

June 2007
Page Seven

Melaleuca tamariscina
Bushhouse paperbark, Weeping honey
myrtle, Tamarisk honey myrtle
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eucalyptus drepanophylla
Queensland gray ironbark
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia

Monardella villosa
Coyote mint
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Melica imperfecta
Coast range melic
Poaceae (Grass family)
Southwestern U.S.

Ruspolia 'Pink'
Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Tropical Africa
The Acanthaceae or acanthus family is fairly large with some 2500-3000 species in about 250 genera. The family is known from a variety of very diverse tropical and subtropical habitats, and its four main centers of distribution are Indo-Malaysia, Africa, Brazil and Central America. It is composed of mainly annual and perennial herbs, shrubs and climbers, but also includes some large trees. The leaves are simple, opposite, estipulate and usually entire-margined, and the flowers are in spikes, racemes or cymes. Large and showy involucral bracts are fairly characteristic with tubular corollas that are 2-lipped or 5-lobed. The fruits are dehiscent capsules. Some of  the  familiar  genera in addition to Acanthus are Justicia, Thunbergia, Ruspolia, Barleria and Ruellia. Many species are popular ornamentals and others like zebra plant and nerve plant are commonly grown as house plants.

Viburnum suspensum
Sandankwa viburnum
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Japan, Ryukyu Islands
Vitex cannabifolia
Hemp tree
Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
Southeast Africa, Southeast Asia

Pittosporum rhombifolium
Queensland pittosporum
Pittosporaceae (Pittosporum family)
Eastern Australia

Lagerstroemia indica
Crape myrtle
Lythraceae (Loosestrife family)
China and Japan

Lagerstroemia 'Natchez'
(L. indica X L. fauriei)
Crape myrtle
Lythraceae (Loosestrife family

Ficus microcarpa
Banyan fig, Indian laurel fig
Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Southern China to Northern Australia
[What appear to be fruits are actually
the flowers enclosed in pods]
Ficus carica
Edible fig
Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Western Asia
[What appear to be fruits are actually
the flowers enclosed in pods]

Acacia sp.
(Pea family)
Dioscorea mexicana
Elephant foot, Turtle shell
Dioscoreaceae (Yam family)
Mexico, Central America

Schinus terebinthifolius
Brazilian pepper
Anacardiaceae (Sumac family)
Southern Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay

Lycaste cochleata
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Mexico, Guatemala and Belize
Tilia tomentosa
Silver linden
Tiliaceae (Linden family)
Southeast Europe and Asia

Campsis radicans
Cow-itch, Trumpet creeper
Bignoniaceae (Trumpet-vine family)
Southeastern U.S.

Aerides quinquevulnerum
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Philippines, New Guinea
Paleocyanus crassifolius
Maltese rock-centaury
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Lophostemon confertus
Brush box
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia
Melaleuca styphelioides
Prickly paperbark
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Southeastern Australia

Markhamia lutea
Markhamia, Nile tulip tree
Bignoniaceae (Trumpet-vine family)
Tropical Africa
Sedum reflexum
Spruce-leaved stonecrop
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop family)


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