Wildflowers of
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Flora of
Wildflowers of
Flora of
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Aloes of the
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What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

March 2007
Page Seven

Tradescantia fluminensis
Green wandering Jew, Small leaf spiderwort, Speedy jenny
Commelinaceae (Spiderwort family)
Brazil and Argentina
Pisum sativum
Snow pea, Garden pea
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Southern Europe

Callistemon lanceolatus (= C. citrinus)
Lemon bottlebrush
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Heuchera sp.
Coral bells
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)
North America

Watsonia aletroides
Bugle flower
Iridaceae (Iris family)
South Africa
Catha edulis
Khat, Arabian tea
Celastraceae (Spindle-tree family)
Tropical East Africa

Callistemon shiressii
White bottle brush
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Melianthus sp.
No common name recorded
(Honey-flower family)
South Africa

Ribes speciosum
Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry
Grossulariaceae (Gooseberry family)
Eremophila bignoniifolia
Myoporaceae (Myoporum family)
Western Australia

Eucalyptus kruseana
Kruse's mallee
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Western Australia
Kerria japonica
Japanese yellow rose
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Southwest China, Japan

Iris pseudacorus
Yellow flag
Iridaceae (Iris family)
Europe, Middle East & N. Africa
Afrocarpus falcata
Common yellow-wood
Podocarpaceae (Podocarp family)
South Africa, Angola

Robinia pseudoacacia
Black locust
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Eastern and central U.S.
Butia capitata
Jelly palm
Arecaceae (Palm family)
Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina

Chionanthus retusus
Chinese fringe tree
Oleaceae (Olive family)

Quercus agrifolia
Coast live oak
Fagaceae (Oak family)
California and Mexico

Cerastium tomentosum
Caryophyllaceae (Pink family)
Europe and western Asia
The Caryophyllaceae is a large family with about 80 genera and 2000 species. It is commonly called the carnation or pink family. This is a primarily temperate region family with a few members growing toward the tops of tropical mountains. The greatest diversity of this family is in the Mediterranean. Almost all are herbaceous with only a few being shrubby. Leaves are simple, entire and mostly alternate, the flowers are regular and almost all perfect, and the fruits are capsules or achenes. Typically the petals are notched, toothed, fringed or lobed in some fashion. This is a family of mostly ornamentals, wildflowers and weedy species, with Dianthus (the carnation) being probably the most important economically. Other familiar members are baby's breath, catchflies and campions, bouncing bet, chickweeds and sand spurreys.

Rumex acetosa
Garden sorrel, Sour dock
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat family)
Northern hemisphere
Salvia apiana
White sage
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Southwestern U.S.

Nepata X faassenii 'Alba'
(N. racemosa & N. nepetella)
Catmint, Catnip
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Narcissus cultivar
Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family)

Geranium sanguineum
Bloody cranesbill
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)
Leptospermum scoparium 'Martinii'
New Zealand tea
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Hort. (Orig. New Zealand)

Calystegia sp.
Morning glory
Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)
Euphorbia xanti
Baja spurge
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family)
Baja California


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