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May 2007
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Petroselinum crispum 'Single Leaf'
Italian single leaf parsley
Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Southern Europe and Mediterranean
Vanda tricolor hybrid
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Pancratium maritimum
Sea daffodil, Sand lily
Liliaceae (Lily family)
The Liliaceae or lily family was formerly considered to contain many genera that have now been moved into families of their own, such as the Alliaceae, Agavaceae, Amaryllidaceae, Hyacinthaceae, Asparagaceae and others.  More recent circumscriptions have limited the family to from 16 to 60 genera and about 650 species. This is very different from the 280 genera and 4000 species that it was once said to include. Lilies are monocotyledons with linear, mostly parallel-veined leaves and flower parts in threes. The family is mainly distributed in the northern temperate zones with a few genera reaching the subtropics, and includes some of the oldest known ornamentals of the western world. Some of the familiar genera are Lilium (from which the family takes its name), Tulipa, Crinum, Fritillaria, Chlorophytum and Zygadenus. Fruits are typically loculicidal capsules, but in some genera like Clintonia is a berry.

Quisqualis indica
Drunken sailor, Rangoon creeper
Combretaceae (Combretum family)
Tropical Asia, New Guinea

Encephalartos latifrons
Albany cycad
Zamiaceae (Zamia family)
South Africa
Nymphaea sp.
Nymphaeaceae (Waterlily family)

Dietes bicolor
Yellow wild iris, Peacock flower
Iridaceae (Iris family)
South Africa
Caryota urens
Toddy palm, Fishtail palm
Arecaceae (Palm family)
India, Malay Peninsula

Cyphomandra betacea
Tree tomato, Tamarillo
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)
Peru and Chile

Verbascum chaixii 'Album'
Nettle-leafed moth mullein
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
Central Europe
Cestrum parqui
Green cestrum
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)

Pontederia cordata
Pickerelweed, Wampee
Pontederiaceae (Pickerel-weed family)
Eastern North America, Caribbean

Bauhinia petersiana
Butterfly tree
Fabacaeae (Pea family)
Albizia kalkora
Indian mimosa
Fabaceae (Pea family)

Psidium araca
Brazilian guava
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Tropical America

Itoa orientalis
No common name recorded
Salicaceae (Willow family)
South China, Tropical Asia
Tagetes lemmonii
Mexican bush marigold, Mt. Lemmon
marigold, Copper Canyon daisy
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Northern Mexico to southern Arizona

Salvia argentea
Silver sage
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Southern Europe
Buddleja davidii 'Lochinch'
Butterfly bush
Loganiaceae (Logania family)
Hort. (Orig. China)

Achillea millefolium 'Cerise Queen'
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Europe, West Asia
Brachyscome multifida
Cut-leafed daisy
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Eastern Australia

Centaurea sp.
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Variegata'
Bigleaf hydrangea
Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea family)
Hort. (Orig. Japan )

Myrospermum sousanum
Arroyo sweetwood, Palo nuevo
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Mexico, Texas
Pelargonium X domesticum
Regal geranium, Martha Washington
Geraniaceae (Geranium family)


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