Wildflowers of
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Flora of
Wildflowers of
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Aloes of the
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May 2007
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Phormium tenax 'Tom Thumb'
Dwarf New Zealand flax
Phormiaceae (Phormium family)
Hort. (Orig. Australasia)

Cynara scolymus
Globe artichoke
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Tanacetum (=Chrysanthemum) parthenium
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Caucasus to Europe

Itea yunnanensis
Chinese currant tree, Sweetspire
Grossulariaceae (Currant family)

Anigozanthos 'Harmony'
Red-yellow kangaroo paws
Haemodoraceae (Bloodroot family)
Southwestern Australia

Elsholtzia stauntonii
Mint-shrub, Staunton's mint-bush
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Isatis tinctoria
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Central and Western Asia

Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Spires'
Russian sage
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Hort. (Orig. Afghanistan and Pakistan)
Chamaemelum nobile
Roman chamomile
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Western Europe

Callistemon falcatus
No common name recorded
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
South Australia, Tasmania
Laelia purpurata hybrid
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Hort. (Orig. Tropical America)

Phormium tenax 'Variegatum'
New Zealand flax
Phormiaceae (Phormium family)
Hort. (Orig. Australasia)
Currently unidentified

Bracteantha hybrids
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Hort. (Orig. Australia )

Begonia sp.
Begoniaceae (Begonia family)
Tropics and Subtropics
The Begoniaceae or begonia family has about 1400 species in only two genera! Even more amazing than that, all but one of the species are in genus Begonia, the other in genus Hillebrandia endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. The family is mainly confined to the tropics but does reach as far north as the Ryukyu Islands and as far south as South Africa. Primarily semi-succulent herbs and small shrubs, the leaves are alternate and quite stipulate with asymmetrical blades and the flowers are in a cymose inflorescence with undifferentiated sepals and petals but often opposite and unequal pairs. The fruits are capsules or berries with numerous minute seeds. Begonias have been extensively cultivated as house and garden plants with some 10,000 recorded cultivars. The name Begonia honors the 17th century French patron of botany Michel Bégon, governor of French Canada and San Domingo.

Cuphea ignea
Cigar flower, Firecracker plant
Lythraceae (Loosestrife family)
Mexico, West Indies
Apium graveolens
Wild celery
Apiaceae (Carrot family)
Southern Europe

Calylophus drummondianus
Square-bud primrose, Sundrops
Onagraceae (Evening primrose family)
South Central U.S.
Verbena cf. bonariensis
Purpletop verbena, Tall verbena
Verbenaceae (Vervain family)
Brazil and Argentina

Parahebe sp.
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
New Zeanland
X Ascocenda
(Vanda X Ascocentrum)
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Prostanthera 'Poorinda Bride'
Poorinda bride mint bush
Lamiaceae (Mint bush)
Borago pygmaea
Dwarf borago
Boraginaceae (Borago family)

Dierama pendulum 'Album'
White fairy wand
Iridaceae (Iris family)
South Africa
Duchesnea indica
Indian strawberry, Mock strawberry
Rosaceae (Rose family)
India to Japan


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