Wildflowers of
Southern California
Flora of
Wildflowers of
Flora of
South Africa
Aloes of the
Huntington Gardens
Mike's Favorite
Wildflower Photos

What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

November 2006
Page Two

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Hula Girl'
Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Bergenia cordifolia
Heartleaf bergenia, Pigsqueak
Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage family)
Siberia and Mongolia

Dombeya tiliacea
Forest wild pear
Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Southern Africa
Canna X generalis
Canna lily
(Canna family)
Southern U.S. to Argentina

Nepenthes X dicksoniana
(N. rafflesiana X N. veitchii)
Tropical pitcher plant
Nepenthaceae (Nepenthes family)
Hort. (Orig. Old World tropics)

Phalaenopsis cultivar
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Hort. (Orig. Southeast Asia)
The Orchidaceae is the world's second largest and most diverse plant families, and has been estimated to contain approximately ten percent of all of the flora on Earth with some 800 named genera and a staggering 25,000+ species as well as at least 100,000+ hybrids and cultivars. Some of the genera which are best known are Paphiopedilum, Cattleya, Epidendrum, Vanda, Cymbidium, Brassia, Phalaenopsis, Spiranthes, and Dendrobium. One that many people do not realize is an orchid is the beautiful Vanilla. The Greek word orchis was first used by Theophrastes and means "testicle", from the appearance of the underground tuberous structures of the genus Orchis. The Orchidaceae is a very old family, possibly dating back to the time of the dinosaurs, but at the same time is considered by many authorities to be an advanced or highly evolved one.

Acacia saligna
Golden wreath wattle, Orange wattle
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Western Australia
Ruttya fruticosa
Hummingbird plant, Rabbit ears
Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Tropical Africa

Anthurium andreanum
Flamingo flower
Araceae (Arum family)
Tropical America
Cattleya 'Califlora'
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Hort. (Orig. Tropical America)

Nerium oleander
Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)
North Africa to southern China
Protea 'Pink Ice'
Proteaceae (Protea family)

Viola 'Matrix Sunrise'
Violaceae (Violet family)
Tagetes lucida
Anise-scented marigold
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Mexico and Guatemala

Abutilon sp.
(Mallow family)
Hort. (Tropics and subtropics)
Jasminum nitidum
Angel wing jasmine
Oleaceae (Olive family)
Papua New Guinea

Cestrum elegans
Pink cestrum
(Nightshade family)
Central America
Narcissus tazetta
Cream narcissus
Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis family)

Thevetia peruviana
Yellow oleander
Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)
Tropical America
Alcea rosea
Malvaceae (Mallow family)
China, Turkey


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