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

March 2007
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Tillandsia usneoides
Spanish moss
(Bromeliad family)
Southern U.S. to Southern Argentina
Prunella vulgaris
Self-heal, Heal-all
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Geum chiloense 'Mrs. Bradshaw'
Geum, Grecian rose
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Sutera cordata
Bacopa cordata
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
South Africa

Cinnamomum glanduliferum
Nepal camphor
Lauraceae (Laurel family)
China, Central Himalayas
The Lauraceae or laurel family is a group almost entirely composed of shrubs and trees with simple leaves usually punctate and strongly-scented. Rather than petals and sepals, laurel flowers have sepaloid tepals in 2 whorls of 3 each. The fruit is a berry or drupe. This family contains 30-50 genera and about 2000 species that are widespread and common in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. A few genera extend into temperate areas such as sassafras, spicebush and bay laurel in the U.S. They are particularly common in Brazil and southeast Asia. Cinnamon, bay leaves, avocados and camphor are a few of the products produced by laurel family members, as well as the flavoring sassafras which has been used widely in herbal teas. Perfumes have been made from the oils contained in laurel leaves, and many of the trees are considered as valuable timber woods.

Aloe excelsa
Noble aloe
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
Afrocarpus gracilior
African fern pine
Podocarpaceae (Podocarp family)
Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya

Cyperus sp.
Cyperaceae (Sedge family)
Erica australis
Southern heath, Spanish heath
Ericaceae (Heath family)
Spain, Portugal and Tangiers

Citrus aurantium 'Chinotto'
Chinotto orange
Rutaceae (Citrus family)
Southeast Asia

Prunus caroliniana
Carolina laurel-cherry
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Southern U.S.
Begonia sp.
Begoniaceae (Begonia family)
Tropics and Subtropics

Clivia miniata 'Aurea'
Yellow bush lily, Yellow kaffir lily
Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family)
Hort. (Orig. South Africa )
Leonotis menthifolia
Lion's ear, Lion's tail
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
South Africa

Gazania rigens 'Sungold'
Treasure flower, Trailing yellow gazania
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
South Africa
Cotoneaster microphyllus
Littleleaf cotoneaster
Rosaceae (Rose family)

Dyckia platypoda
No common name recorded
Bromeliaceae (Bromeliad family)

Geranium himalayense
Blue geranium
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)
Jasminum polyanthum
Pink jasmine
Oleaceae (Olive family)
Southwestern China

Helleborus X hybridus
Lenten rose, Hybrid hellebore
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Europe and Western Asia
Fontanesia phillyreoides
Oleaceae (Olive family)
Asia minor

Cattleya amethystoglossa
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Myoporum parvifolium
Prostrate myoporum

cf. Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'
May night sage
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Hort. (Europe to Central Asia)

Prunus persica 'Alboplena'
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Acacia acinacea
Golddust wattle
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Eastern Australia


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