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What's Blooming at the Los Angeles County

October 2007
Page One

As I have approached the end of the year that I originally planned to cover in this photo galley of Arboretum blooming plants, I have felt more and more that I needed to continue it. It took me several months to begin really knowing all the back corners and out of the way places in the Arboretum, so I'm sure I missed things during that time. I have also become aware that there are hundreds of flowering plants, mostly trees, that I have yet to see in bloom, so it will be fun to keep looking for them. The new Garden for All Seasons will undoubtedly bring new things, as will the Madagas- car Garden which only got under way a few months ago. The Arboretum is not a static place, so who knows what surprises are in store for us. Each month's section will be smaller with fewer things represented, but I will endeavor to include only new species that have not made it in before. Some careful perusers of this site may notice a few things that are not strictly speaking bloomers, and they would not be remiss in questioing their inclusion. I have been only too aware that there are many things at the Arboretum that simply do not produce flowers as such, and my frustration at having to overlook them has caused me to occasionally display something that I have just been intrigued by or interested in, but hey, it's my website. So I will occasionally be displaying pictures of fruiting species in the hopes that eventually I will get them in bloom.

Dendrochilum magnum
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Burma, Borneo, Sumatra, New Guinea and the Philippines
Brassia 'Arania Verde' X 'Chieftain'
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Ficus sycomorus
Sycamore fig, Fig-mulberry
Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Tropical Africa
[Seed-producing flowers are inside the 'fruit']

Lophostemon suaveolens
Swamp box, Swamp turpentine
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca'
Blue atlas cedar
Pinaceae (Pine family)
Northwest Africa

Impatiens walleriana
Busy lizzie, Impatiens
Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)
Tanzania and Mozambique
Eucalyptus flocktoniae
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
West and South Australia

Acacia craspedocarpa
Broadleaf mulga, Waxleaf acacia
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Western Australia
Taxodium mucronatum
Montezuma cypress
Cupressaceae (Cypress family)

Cyclamen hederifolium
Persian violet, Hardy cyclamen, Sowbread, Ivy-leaved cyclamen
Primulaceae (Primrose family)
Southern Europe to Turkey

Anemone X hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'
Japanese windflower
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup family)
Plectranthus zuluensis
Zulu spur flower
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
South Africa

Murraya paniculata
Mock orange, Orange jasmine
Rutaceae (Citrus family)
India to Malaysia
Anemone japonica
Japanese Windflower
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup flower)

Platanus orientalis
Oriental plane tree
Platanaceae (Sycamore family)
SE Europe, Western Asia
The Platanaceae or plane-trees make up a very old dicotyledonous family that is considered today as part of the order Proteales and sister family to the Protea family. There is only a single genus in the family, Platanus, which may derive its name from the Greek platys, "broad," referring to the shape of the leaves. This genus contains 6-10 species of trees growing in temperate and subtropical parts of the Northern Hemisphere. They typically have large, flat, simple, alternate and deciduous leaves, flowers in hanging strings of 1-12 dense, globose, male or female flowering heads, and fruits that are indehiscent achenes. The bark is light and often flakes off in large plates. The London plane-tree which is possibly a hybrid of the oriental plane (P. orientalis) and the American plane or sycamore (P. occidentalis) is a very popular urban tree widely planted in cities and tolerant of cold and pollution.

Brassia 'Laurence Longissimum'
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Cattleya porcia 'Cannizaro'
(C. bowringiana X C. armstrongiae)
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Baccharis sarothroides
Desert broom
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Southwestern U.S.

Ficus rubiginosa
Rusty-leaf fig
Moraceae (Mulberry family)
Southeastern Australia
Aliceara 'Bumble Bee'
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp.

Large-fruited yellow gum
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Western Australia
Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata'
Irish yew
Taxaceae (Yew family)

Eugenia uniflora
Surinam cherry
(Myrtle family)
Tropical America


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