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

What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County
Arboretum


March 2007
Page One



NOTE: Work has begun on the new Madagascar garden which is scheduled to be open to the public in May. It will be very interesting to see what kind of wierd new plants will be on display. Madagascar has a fascinating and diverse flora, between 8,000 and 12,000 species, of which 70-80% are endemic. 10 families and 260 genera of plants are endemic to Madagascar. However, the state of Madagascar's flora is not good, with only remnants of the island's original forests still remaining, and many areas having been extensively covered by aggressive invasive species from places like Australia. Hopefully, measures will be taken to preserve this fantastic habitat. While waiting for this garden to be completed, enjoy the rest of the Arboretum. As the large number of pictures in this month's photo gallery demonstrate, there are lots of things blooming.


 
Euphorbia tirucalli
Pencil tree, Sticks-on-fire
Euphorbiaceae (Euphorbia family)
Tropical and Southern Africa

 
Acacia tortilis
Umbrella thorn
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Tropical Africa
 
Camellia reticulata hybrid
No common name recorded
Theaceae (Tea family)
China

 
Prunus cerasifera 'Krauter Vesuvius'
Cherry plum, Purple leaf plum
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Asia
 
Photinia serrulata
Chinese photinia
Rosaceae (Rose family)
China

 
Magnolia denudata
Yulan magnolia
Magnoliaceae (Magnolia family)
China
 
Canna indica
Indian shot
Cannaceae (Canna family)
Caribbean, Tropical America

 
The Ericaceae is known as the heather or heath family. It is a huge family with some 125 genera and as many as 3,500 species, and is present mostly in temperate regions from all over the world except Australia. Members of this family typically have woody stems, simple and alternate leaves, and flowers with 4-5 petals, but they can also have opposite and needle-like leaves They are also usually found in acidic soils and are dependent on fungal mycorrhiza. Bogs and moors are places where heathers are often found. The flowers of many species look like little bells, and pollination is generally by insect or wind. Some of the more notable genera are Arctostaphylos (manzanita), Rhodo- dendron (azaleas and rhododendrons), Erica (heath), and Vaccinium (cran- berries, huckleberries and blueberries). Most of the Rhododendrons are from China and most of the Ericas are from South Africa.
Erica canaliculata 'Rosea'
Scotch heather
Ericaceae (Heather family)
South Africa


 
Solanum mauritianum
Wild tobacco
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)
Argentina
 
Prunus persica 'Alma Stultz'
Flowering nectarine
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Hort. (orig. China)

 
Westringia fruticosa 'Smokey'
Coast rosemary
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Hort. (orig. Australia)
 
Cercis chinensis 'Avondale'
Chinese redbud
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Hort. (orig. Central China)

 
Grevillea rosmarinifolia
Rosemary grevillea
Proteaceae (Protea family)
Australia
 
Scilla peruviana
Cuban lily, Hyacinth-of-Peru
Hyacinthaceae (Hyacinth family)
Mediterranean

 
Pittosporum phillyraeoides
Narrow-leaved pittosporum, Weeping pittosporum
Pittosporaceae (Pittosporum family)
Australia

 
Rosmarinus officinalis
Rosemary
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Mediterranean
 
Salvia greggii
Autumn sage
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Texas and Mexico

 
Callistemon viminalis 'Red cascade'
Weeping bottlebrush
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia
 
Eucalyptus sideroxylon
Red ironbark
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia

 
Eucalyptus melliodora 'Rosea'
Yellow box
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Hort. (Orig. Australia)
 
Dioon holmgrenii
Sun palm, Dioon
Zamiaceae (Zamia family)
Mexico

 
Melaleuca filifolia
Wiry honey-myrtle
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Western Australia
 
Sophora secundiflora
Mescal bean
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Texas, New Mexico, N. Mexico

 
Dendrobium X delicatum
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Natural hybrid of D. kingianum &
D. tarberi (Orig. Australia)
 
Mahonia aquifolium 'Golden
Abundance'
Creeping mahonia
Berberidaceae (Barberry family)
Western North America

 
Geranium sp.
No common name recorded
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)
 
Oxalis brasiliensis 'Alba'
No common name recorded
Oxalidaceae (Wood-sorrel family)
Hort.



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