Wildflowers of
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Flora of
Wildflowers of
Flora of
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March 2007
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Cistus X hybridus
(C. populifolius & C. salviifolius)
White rock-rose
Cistaceae (Rock-rose family)
Sphaeralcea ambigua 'Louis Hamilton'
Desert mallow
Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Hort. (Orig. Western U.S. & Mexico)

Justicia sericea 'Inca Queen'
No common name recorded
Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Cymbidium 'Karen Cameron'
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Acacia cavenia
Caven's acacia
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Argentina and Chile to Brazil
Delosperma sphalmanthoides
Tufted iceplant
Aizoaceae (Iceplant family)
South Africa

Quercus leucotricophora
Blackjack oak
Fagaceae (Oak family)
Himalayas of Pakistan and Nepal
The Fagaceae, commonly called the oak or beech family, contains nine genera and about 900 species. It is widespread in the northern temperate regions and also extends into the tropics in Central America and southeast Asia. Nothophagus or southern beech formerly was included as the only southern hemisphere genus in the family but it has now been put into a family of its own. Quercus (oak) is a well-known member of the family, and another is  Castanea  (chestnut). You have to know what you're looking at to recognize the flowers of this family or even to tell that it has flowers. Female flowers are small and  inconspicuous, while the male ones are in clusters of dangling catkins. The leaves are simple, alternate and have deciduous stipules, and the fruits are nuts which are usually called acorns. Many members of the family produce valuable lumber.

Cornus sp.
Cornaceae (Dogwood family)
Paulownia kawakamii
Empress tree, Dragon tree
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
East Asia

Paulownia X taiwaniana
Taiwan paulownia
(P. fortunei & P. kawakamii)
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
Paulownia tomentosa
Hairy paulownia
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
China, Korea and Japan

Pulmonaria officinalis 'Spilled Milk'
Boraginaceae (Borage family)
Hort. (Orig. Europe)
Rhus aromatica
Fragrant sumac, Polecat bush
Anacardiaceae (Sumac family)
Eastern North America

Hemerocallis cultivar
Day lily
Hemerocallidaceae (Hemerocallis family)
Polygala myrtifolia
September bush
Polygalaceae (Milkwort family)
South Africa

Aquilegia cultivar
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Morus alba 'Pendula'
Weeping white mulberry
Moraceae (Mulberry family)

Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon'
Purple spurge
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family)
Hort. (Orig. Europe )
Anagallis arvensis
Scarlet pimpernel
Primulaceae (Primrose family)

Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Green Goddess'
Calla lily, Green goddess
Araceae (Arum family)
Hort. (Orig. South Africa)
Euphorbia wulfenii
Bush spurge
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family)

Elaeagnus multiflora
Cherry silverberry
Elaeagnaceae (Oleaster family)
Japan and China
Grevillea dryanderi
Dryander's grevillea
Proteaceae (Protea family)
Northern Australia

Cistus ladanifer var. albiflorus
White-flowered rock-rose, Gum cistus
Cistaceae (Rock-rose family)
North Africa, SW Mediterranean
Viola sp.
Violaceae (Violet family)

Ginkgo biloba
Maidenhair tree
Ginkgoaceae (Ginkgo family)

Thymus praecox 'Pink Chintz'
Creeping thyme
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Dianthus 'Spangled Star'
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)


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