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

March 2007
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Gilia capitata
Globe gilia
Polemoniaceae (Phlox family)
Western North America
Dombeya X cayeuxii
(D. wallichii X D. burgessiae)
Pink snowball
Sterculiaceae (Cacao family)
Hort. (Orig. Africa and Madagascar)

Aloe virens
No common name recorded
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
Southern Africa
Chlorophytum comosum
Spider plant
Liliaceae (Lily family)
South Africa

Ardisia quinquegona
Asiatic ardisia, Coralberry
Myrsinaceae (Myrsine family)
China, Japan and SE Asia
Streptosolen jamesonii
Marmalade bush
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)
Columbia, Peru and Ecuador

Centranthus ruber
Jupiter's beard, Red Valerian
Valerianaceae (Valerian family)
Europe, N. Africa & W. Asia
Citriobatus spinescens
Orange thorn
Pittosporaceae (Pittosporum family)

Syringa laciniata
Cut-leafed lilac
Oleaceae (Olive family)

Petrea volubilis
Queen's wreath
Verbenaceae (Verbena family)
West Indies, South America
Michelia X foggii 'Allspice'
Allspice michelia, Banana shrub
Magnoliaceae (Magnolia family)
Hort. (Orig. Asia)

Freesia cultivar
(Royal Crown Series ?)
Iridaceae (Iris family)
Hort. (Orig. Southern & Central Africa)
Cichorium intybus
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Mediterranean, W. Asia

Rhus pendulina
White karee
Anacardiaceae (Sumac family)
South Africa
The Anacardiaceae is also called the sumac or cashew family. It contains approximately 80 genera and about 600 species in mostly tropical regions but extending into temperate zones of both North America and Eurasia. In this family flowers are typically 5-merous, small and arranged in clusters. Stems and leaves often contain resinous compounds or strong-smelling volatile substances. Urushiol, a skin irritant which is produced in the genera Toxicodendron and Metopium, is probably the best known of these, causing rashes and blisters. Poison sumac, a species of Rhus, also contains urushiol. These secondary compounds probably evolved as a defense against herbivore and insect predators. A number of economically important species are in this family, including cashews, mangoes and pistachios, and another familiar member is Schinus, the pepper trees.

Viburnum macrocephalum
Chinese snowball
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Bletilla striata
Ground orchid
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
China, Taiwan and Japan

Cercis occidentalis
Western redbud
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Western U.S.
Abutilon megapotamicum
Chinese lantern
Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Southern Brazil

Arctotis acaulis
African daisy
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
South Africa

Sambucus mexicana
Mexican elderberry, Blue elderberry
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Western North America
Pelargonium X fragrans 'Variegata'
(P. exstipulatum X P. odoratissimum)
Golden nutmeg geranium
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)
Hort. (Orig. South Africa)

Cistus sp.
(Rock-rose family)
Myoporum parvifolium 'Narrow Leaf'
Prostrate Myoporum, Creeping Boobialla
Myoporaceae (Myoporum family)

Tropaeolum majus
Tropaeolaceae (Nasturtium family)
Columbia to Bolivia
Phillyrea latifolia
Mock privet
Oleaceae (Olive family)
South Europe and Asia Minor

Rosa minutifolia
Small-leaved rose
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Southern California, Baja
Tecomaria capensis
Cape honeysuckle
Bignoniaceae (Bignonia family)
Eastern and southern Africa


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