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
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Spiraea cantoniensis
Reeves' spiraea
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Scadoxus puniceus
Paintbrush lily
Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family)
South Africa

Cocculus laurifolius
Laurel-leaf snail seed
Menispermaceae (Moonseed family)
Southern Japan, Himalayas
Quercus dentata
Daimyo oak
Fagaceae (Oak family)
China, Korea and Japan

Hypericum canariense
Shrub St. John's-wort
Clusiaceae (St. John's-wort family)
Canary Islands
The Clusiaceae is a family of trees and shrubs containing about 50 genera and 1200 species. It was formerly known as the Guttiferae, and is commonly called the mangosteen family. The family name honors the celebrated French botanist Carolus Clusius, aka Charles de l'Écluse. The family is widespread in the tropics and in northern temperate regions. The large genus Hypericum or St. John's worts is in a sub-family that is sometimes treated as a family of its own. The leaves are opposite or whorled, simple, usually entire and often glandular-punctate. The flowers have 4-5 sepals, 4-6 petals and 9-many stamens. The fruit is usually a capsule or a berry. Tropical members of the family produce lumber, drugs, dyes and gums and edible fruits such as the mangosteen. Many species contain a milky sap. Other members of the order Malpighiales include violets, willows, mangroves, flax and passion-fruit.

Citrus sinensis 'Washington Navel'
Washington navel orange
Rutaceae (Citrus family)
Allium schoenoprasum
Alliaceae (Onion family)
Northern temperate areas

Raphiolepis indica
Indian hawthorn
Rosaceae (Rose family)
India, Southern China

Echium candicans
Pride of Madeira
Boraginaceae (Borage family)
Canary Islands and Madeira
Distylium racemosum
Isu tree
Hamamelidaceae (Witch hazel family)
China and southwestern Japan

Cleistocactus straussii
Silver torch
Cactaceae (Cactus family)
Bolivia and northern Argentina
Mammillaria sp.
(Cactus family)
New World

Pyrus betulifolia 'Paradise'
Dancer flowering pear
Roseaceae (Rose family)
Hort. (Orig. North China)


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