Wildflowers of
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Flora of
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May 2007
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Brachychiton acerifolius
Flame bottle tree
Sterculiaceae (Cacao family)
Eastern Australia

Calliandra eriophylla
Fairy duster
(Pea family)
Southwest U.S., N. Mexico
Ligustrum ibota
Ibota privet
Oleaceae (Olive family)
Himalayas, China and Japan

Ligustrum henryi
Li ye nu zhen
Oleaceae (Olive family)
Central China
The Oleaceae or olive family is a family containing 24 genera and 600 species of woody plants including shrubs, trees and lianas. The family is particularly well rep-
resented in temperate and tropical Asia, and other members inhabit southern Europe, North and South America, Australia and Africa. It is an economically important family with one of its major members being the common olive, Olea europea, from coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean region. The olive is one of the most referred to plants in all of recorded literature producing  much consumed fruit and olive oil, but in South Australia it has become a major invasive weed. Leaves of this family are usually opposite and simple, but sometimes are pinnate-compound. The typical pattern is for the flowers to have 4 united sepals and 4 united petals. Other familiar family members are forsythia and the ashes, jasmines and ligustrums.

Houttuynia cordata
Houttuynia, Chameleon plant
Saururaceae (Lizard's-tail family)
Japan, southern China and SE Asia
Gymnocalycium friedrichii
No common name recorded
Cactaceae (Cactus family)

Cotoneaster pannosus
Silverleaf cotoneaster
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Ligustrum lucidum
Glossy privet
Oleaceae (Olive family)
China, Korea, Japan

Aloe deltoideodonta
No common name recorded
Asphodelaceae (Asphodel family)
Central Madagascar
Melaleuca linariifolia
Flax-leaf paperbark
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia

Artemisia californica
California sagebrush
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
California, Northern Baja

Vitex agnus-castus 'Albus'
Chaste tree
Verbenaceae (Vervain family)
Southern Europe to Western Asia
Opuntia ficus-indica 'Burbank Spineless'
Spineless prickly pear
Cactaceae (Cactus family)

Agave stricta
Narrow-leaf agave, Espadín, Sotolito
Agavaceae (Agave family)
Northern and eastern Mexico

Montanoa grandiflora
Daisy tree
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Tropical America

Kopsia arborea
(syn. Kopsia officinalis)
Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)

Cordyline cf. stricta
Slender palm lily
Dracaenaceae (Dragon-tree family)
Eastern Australia

Hemerocallis 'Blackberry Candy'
Day lily
Hemerocallidaceae (Hemerocallis family)
Miltoniopsis sp.
Pansy orchid
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Costa Rica

Ascocentrum miniatum
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
SE Asia, Phillipines
Cattleya schroederae
Baron Schroeder's cattleya
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Epidendrum prismatocarpum
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Mexico and Central America
Pithecoctenium crucigerum
Bignoniaceae (Bignonia family)
Southern Mexico to Brazil


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