Wildflowers of
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Flora of
Wildflowers of
Flora of
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Aloes of the
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May 2007
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Oenothera missouriensis
Missouri primrose, Ozark sundrops
Onagraceae (Evening primrose family)
Texas, Missouri, Nebraska
Hemerocallis cultivar
Day lily
Hemerocallidaceae (Hemerocallis family)
Hort. (Orig. East Asia)

Vebena rigida
Stiff verbena
Verbenaceae (Vervain family)
Southern Brazil and Argentina
Currently unidentified

Aeonium sp.
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop family)
Ballota pseudodictamnus
False horehound
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Macadamia integrifolia
Smooth-shelled macadamia
Proteaceae (Protea family)
Southeastern Australia
The Proteaceae or protea family is a fairly large and variable family mainly restricted to the southern hemisphere. Most family family members seem to prefer acidic,  well-drained  and nutrient-depleted soils. The family contains about 80 genera and perhaps as many as 2000 species, and is in the order Proteales with the superficially dissimilar family Platanaceae. These are mostly evergreen trees and shrubs and the typical inflorescense is showy and composed of many small densely-packed flowers. South Africa and Australia are the two main centers of diversity, with Protea, Banksia, Grevillea, Hakea, Leucadendron, Leucospermum and Macadamia being the major genera. Many family members have specialized roots growing at ground level which maximizes water and nutrient absorption. Except for the macadamia nut, the Proteaceae family does not produce much of commercial significance.

Eucalyptus incrassata
Ridge-fruited mallee, Yellow mallee
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Callistemon salignus
Pink tips bottlebrush
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)

Casuarina obesa
Swamp oak
Casuarinaceae (She-oak family)
Eastern Australia

Jacaranda mimosifolia
Jacaranda, Brazilian rosewood
Bignoniaceae (Trumpet-vine family)
Bolivia, NW Argentina

Glycyrrhiza echinata
Fabaceae (pea family)
Mediterranean to Central Asia
Salvia sclarea 'Turkestanica'
Clary sage, Biennial clary
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Hort. (Orig. Europe, Central Asia)

Filipendula ulmaria
Meadowsweet, Queen-of-the-meadows
Rosaceae (Rose family)
Europe and Western Asia
Dudleya hassei
Hasse's dudleya
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop family)
Southern California, Northern Baja

Cymbidium cultivar
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Black Barlow'
Clematis-flowered columbine
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)

Brunfelsia pilosa
Downy brunfelsia, Manaca root
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)
Southern Brazil, Northern Argentina
Cymbopogon citratus
Lemon grass
Poaceae (Grass family)
South India and Sri Lanka

Aloysia virgata
Sweet almond bush
Verbenaceae (Vervain family)
Peru, Argentina
Arbutus 'Marina'
Hybdrid madrone
Ericaceae (Heath family)

Billbergia nutans
Friendship plant, Queen's tears
Bromeliaceae (Bromeliad family)
Southern Brazil to Uruguay
Euphorbia milii
Crown of thorns
Euphorbiaceae (Euphorbia family)

Abelia X grandiflora
(A. chinensis X A. uniflora)
Glossy abelia
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)
Melaleuca pulchella
Claw flower
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Southwestern Australia


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