Wildflowers of
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Flora of
Wildflowers of
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September 2007
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Laeliocattleya hybrid
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Jasminum officinale
Poet's jessamine, Common jasmine
Oleaceae (Olive family)
Middle East to China

Arbutus unedo
Strawberry tree, Arbutus, Cane apples
Ericaceae (Heath family)
Ireland, Southern Europe and Western Mediterranean

Hedychium aurantiacum
Bottlebrush ginger
Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Southeast Asia
The Zingiberaceae or ginger family contains about 1300 species in 50 genera and is distributed throughout tropical Asia, Africa and the Americas. Its members are strictly fragrant perennial herbs with horizontal rhizomes, often showy flowers and simple distichous leaves with basal sheaths. The flowers are typically strongly zygomorphic in determinate cymes and subtended by spirally arranged bracts. The family takes its epithet from genus Zingiber, the name of which derives from the Greek zingiberis which is what Dioscorides called ginger or some other Arabian spice, and that name is derived in turn from the Sanskrit name of the spice, singabera. It was used in India and China in ancient times. Many species are rich in aromatic, volatile oils and used widely as spices, condiments, dyes and medicines. Some of the spices are ginger, turmeric, cardamom, and numerous others.

Lilium longiflorum
Easter lily
Liliaceae (Lily family)
Japan and Ryukyu Islands
Eucalyptus rhodantha
Rose mallee
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Western Australia

Plectranthus ecklonii
Cape lilac
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
South Africa
Syagrus romanzaoffiana
Queen palm
Arecaceae (Palm family)
Argentina and southern Brazil

Inga feuillei
Pacay, ice cream bean
Fabaceae (Pea family)
Tropical America
Heimia myrtifolia
Lythraceae (Loosestrife family)
Brazil to Uruguay

Serjania sp.
No common name recorded
Sapindaceae (Soapberry family)
Mexico to South America

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Morning Glory'
Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Juglans nigra
Black walnut
Juglandaceae (Walnut family)
Eastern North America

Washington robusta
Mexican fan palm
Arecaceae (Palm family)
Campsis X tagliabuana 'Mme. Galen'
(C. radicans X C. grandiflora)
Tumpet creeper
Bignoniaceae (Trumpet-vine family)

Phalaenopsis hybrid
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Brassolaeliocattleya hybrid
No common name recorded
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Eucalyptus microtheca
Flooded box
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Eastern Australia
Satureja montana
Creeping winter savory
Lamiaceae (Mint family)
Southern Europe

Wedelia trilobata
Creeping daisy
Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Northern S. America and West Indies
Alnus arguta
(A. acuminata ssp. arguta)
No common name recorded
Betulaceae (Birch family)


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