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May 2007
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X Chitalpa tashkentensis
(Catalpa bignonioides X Chilopsis linearis)
Bignoniaceae (Trumpet-vine family)
Hort. (Orig. Uzbekistan)
Viburnum X rhytidophylloides 'Alleghany'
(V. rhytidophyllum X V. lantana 'Mohican'
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)

Philadelphus satsumanus
Downy Japanese mock-orange
Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea family)
Currently unidentified

Brugmansia versicolor 'Frosty Pink'
Angel's trumpet
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)
Hort. (Orig. Ecuador)
The Solanaceae, nightshade or potato family, derives its name probably from the Latin sol or solis, "sun," from the perceived resemblance of some of its flowers to the sun and its rays. It contains about 85 genera and between 2000 and 4000 species depending on how its circumscription is viewed, and it includes many very familiar species such as eggplant, belladona, peppers, jimsonweed, potatoes, tobacco, tomatoes, mandrake and petunias. Many species in this family have evolved alkaloids presumably to protect them from animal predators, and these alkaloids in some cases are beneficial to humans and in others poisonous. The flowers are typically funnelform with five fused petals, the leaves are alternate, and the fruits are either berries or dehiscent capsules. Alkaloids in the family include scopolamine, atropine, nicotine and the less well known by name but oft experienced capsaicin (in peppers).

Eriogonum fasciculatum
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat family)
Western U.S.

Poliomintha longiflora
Mexican oregano
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum
White watercress
Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Dudleya ingens
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop family)
Baja California
Sonchus oleraceus
Sow thistle
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Malus 'Granny Smith'
(M. domestica X M. sylvestris)
Rosaceae (Rose family)

Guajacum officinale
Zygophyllaceae (Caltrop family)
Tropical America
Eulophia quartiana
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Tropical Asia and Africa

Penstemon isophyllus
Mexican penstemon
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)
Solanum cf. jasminoides
Potato vine
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)

Eucalyptus exserta
Bendo, Queensland peppermint
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia
Phalaenopsis 'Golden Sun' X 'Gigantea'
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Agonis parviceps
Fine tea tree
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Southwestern Australia
Eucalyptus paniculata
Gray ironbark
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)

Pittosporum viridiflorum
Cape pittosporum, Cheesewood
Pittosporaceae (Pittosporum family)
South Africa
Salvia sp.
Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Hemerocallis 'Mini Stella'
Hemerocallidaceae (Hemerocallis family)
Hort. (Orig. East Asia)
Cephalanthus occidentalis
Button-willow, Common buttonbush
Rubiaceae (Madder family)
Canada to Mexico, Cuba

Aquilegia formosa
Western columbine
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Western U.S.
Chilopsis linearis 'Warren Jones'
Desert willow
Bignoniaceae (Trumpet-vine family)
California to Texas, Mexico

Anthemis tinctoria
Dyer's chamomile
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Europe, W. Asia
Currently unidentified


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