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Monthly Archives: December 2020

Theaceae

Theaceae is the Tea Family. The family members are mostly shrubs and trees perhaps with the most familiar the Tea Plant and ornamentally Camellias. There are about 40 genera in this family. Most members of Theaceae have simple leaves. Usually, the leaves are alternate and serrated. They are usually glossy. Many are evergreens. Flowers in Theaceae members are usually pink or white. The flowers are usually large. They are fragrant. ...

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Rosaceae

Rosaceae or the Rose Family includes 91 genera and about 4828 species. Some of the well-known members include Prunus, Cotoneaster, Alchemilla, Sorbus, Rubus, Rose, Meadowsweet, Firethorn. The Rosaceae family members are usually herbs, shrubs, or trees. Some are evergreens but most are deciduous. They are diverse but the majority are from the northern hemisphere and none from Antractica. Rosaceae family also has many edible fruits such as almonds, pears, apples, ...

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Plumbaginaceae

Plumbaginaceae or Leadwort Family is from the order of Caryophyllales. Plumbum is Latin for lead and ago meaning resmblance. Most members of this family are perennials, lianas, herbaceous plants, and a few shrubs. Plumbaginaceae includes about 30 genera and about 725 species. Plumbaginaceae flowers are usually spikes or racemes. They are bisexual and actinomorphic. The fruit is achene or circumscissile capsule. The plants usualling grow in salty marshes and coastal ...

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Hamamelidaceae

Hamamelidaceae is also known as the Witch-hazel Family of plants. The members are usually shrubs and small trees. Hamamelidaceae is in the order of Saxifragales. Hamamelidaceae family includes about 30 genera and about 100 species. Most members are from warmer temperate regions. Hamamelidaceae family flowers are usually narrow and ribbon-like. The flowers are bisexual. They have four or five sepals and four or five small petals. The foliage is usually ...

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Liliaceae

Liliaceae is from the order of Liliales. Members of this family include perennial, herbaceous, and bulbous plants. They mostly have large flowers they are six-segmented, arranged in threes, six tepals in a set of two whorls. Usually, they have six stamens and one ovary. They have linear leaves with parallel veins. Many are bulbous or grow from rhizomes. It is a diverse family of plants. Fruits are usually capsules. Some ...

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Araliaceae

Araliaceae is from the order of Apiales. It is also known as Botryodendraceae or Hydrocotylaceae. It’s family members are predominantly with a woody habit, tropical, and some herbaceous plants. Some of the better-known plants include Fats, Ginseng, and Hedera. Araliaceae has 55 genera with about 1500 species. Most Araliaceae species usually have alternate and large foliage. Some are aromatic with ethereal oils. The flowers are five-petaled and simple umbels. The ...

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Adoxaceae

Adoxaceae is also known as the Elderberry Family or Moschatel Family of plants. It is from the order of Dipsacales. It is a family of about 5 genera of plants and about 200 species. The plants in this family are herbaceous, some also woody, shrubs, and small trees. Previously members of this family of plants were part of the Caprifoliaceae family of plants. Some distinguishing characters of Adoxaceae are opposite ...

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Asteraceae

Asteraceae or Compositae is also known as Aster Family, Daisy Family, Sunflower Family, or Composite Flower. Asteraceae is one of the largest families of plants. It includes 1,900 genera and 32,000 species. It has 13 subfamilies. Most members of the Aster Family are annual and perennial herbs as well as some shrubs and trees. They are from a wide range of habitats. But the majority are from subtropical areas. The ...

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Lamiaceae

Lamiaceae or Labiatae is the Mint Family, Deadnettle Family of Sage Family of plants. It belongs to the order of Lamiales and the largest family. They include mostly aromatic plants. Many of the plants are cultivated for their aromatice foliage. Some well known plant in the family are herbs like Mentha, Rosemary, Basil, Oregano, Lavender, Catnip and Marjoram. There are also trees and shrubs vines in this family. They are ...

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Brassicaceae

Brassicaceae or Cruciferae is the Mustard Family, Crucifers or Cabbage Family of plants. Most of the plants in the family are herbaceous or shrubs. The are distributed all over the world. They have simple, alternate leaves without stipules. They usually have terminal flowers without bracts. The flowers usually have four petals. They have two short and four long stamens. The fruit is usually pod-like also known as siliciles. There are ...

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