Plant families

A running summary of postings on plant families.

8/19/15: Plant families:
6 + 3 families:

– Compositae / Asteraceae, the daisy / sunflower / aster family (composites)
– Labiatae / Lamiaceae, the mint family (labiates)
– Umbelliferae / Apiaceae, the parsley / carrot / celery family (umbellifers)
– Leguminosae / Fabaceae, the pea / bean family (legumes)
– Rosaceae, rose family
– Cruciferae / Brassicaceae, the mustard / cabbage family (crucifers)

– Liliaceae, the lily family
– Orchidaceae, the orchid family
– Amaryllidaceae, the amaryllis family

8/19/15: Penstemon:
2 more families:

– Plantaginaceae [type genus Plantago], the plantain family
– Scrophulariaceae [type genus Scrophularia]

8/21/15: More plant families:
2 big families missed in earlier posting:

– Poaceae (true grasses), type genus Poa
– Rubiaceae is a family of flowering plants, commonly known as the coffee, madder, or bedstraw family [with type genus Rubia, the madders]

plus 6 others from my Columbus garden: Cleomaceae [cleome family], Papaveraceae [poppy family], Boraginaceae [borage or forget-me-not family], Ranunculaceae [buttercup family], Commelinaceae [dayflower family], Tropaeolaceae [to which nasturtium belongs]

8/22/15: Seedy invasives:
[in my] “More plant families” posting yesterday, I turned to two big families I’d missed in an earlier posting and then to my recollections of plants in my Columbus OH garden that were self-seeding and/or self-hybridizing: cleomes, California poppies, opium poppies, foxgloves, borage, columbines, tradescantia, nasturtiums, and then I looked at the plant families they belonged to — a project that added 8 more families to the 9 I’d looked at in the earlier posting and the two I’d looked at in my “Penstemon” posting. (If you’re counting families, the score is now 19.)
3 added in this posting, for a new score of 22:

– Zebrina hollyhocks. A very attractive mallow (that is, in the Malvaceae), covered, with a photo and with information about the plant and its family, in my posting on “Abutilon and its relatives”.
– Centranthus ruber: The Caprifoliaceae or honeysuckle family [Lonicera caprifolium ‘honeysuckle’]
– Portulaca: The Portulacaceae are a family of flowering plants, comprising about 20 genera with about 500 species, ranging from herbaceous plants to shrubs. The family … is also known as the purslane family.

8/26/15: Vining invasives:
At the end of “Seedy invasives”, the count of plant families was 22. Now we have three more (Vitaceae, Araliaceae, Polygonumaceae), for a new total of 25.

8/30/15: Two useful terms:
plant families: 3 more (new total 28)
– Casuarinaceae – casuarina
The Casuarinaceae are a family of dicotyledonous flowering plants placed in the order Fagales, consisting of four genera and about 70 species of trees and shrubs native to the Australia, Southeast Asia, Malesia, Papuasia, and the Pacific Islands.
– Cyperaceae – nutsedge
The Cyperaceae are a family of monocotyledonous graminoid flowering plants known as sedges, which superficially resemble grasses or rushes. The family is large, with some 5,500 species described in about 109 genera, the largest being the Carex genus of “true sedges” with over 2,000 species.
distinct grass and rush families
– Simaroubaceae – ailanthus
The Simaroubaceae are a small, mostly tropical, family in the order Sapindales. In recent decades, it has been subject to much taxonomic debate, with several small families being split off.
genera: Ailanthus, Quassia, Simarouba

8/31/15: Eat your weeds:
plant families: 3 more (new total 31)
Amaranthaceae, Urticaceae, Typhaceae

9/4/15: Cotinus and the cousins of Cotinus:
1 new plant family: Anacardiaceae (new total 32)
genera: Cotinus, Anacardium, Mangifera, Rhus, Toxicodendron

9/5/15: Two more plant families:
families: Crassulaceae, Plumbaginaceae (new total 34)
genera: Kalanchoe, Crassula, Sedum, Sempervivum; Ceratostigma, Plumbago, Armeria, Limonium

9/6/15: Birthday flowers:
families: Primulaceae, Asparagaceae (new total 36)

9/7/15: Returning to your roots:
family: Convolvulaceae (new total 37)

9/7/15: Shooting stars, hydrangeas, and lemongrass:
family: Hydrangeaceae (new total 38)

9/9/15: More vining invasives:
families: Bignoniaceae, Alstroemeriaceae, Celastraceae (new total 41)

9/9/15: Plant family backlog:
9 families: Oleaceae, Violaceae, Gesneriaceae, Lythraceae, Onagraceae, Rhamnaceae, Apocynaceae, Eleagnaceae, Restionaceae (new total 50); many genera

9/11/15: Cochinita pibil:
family: Bixaceae (new total 51)

9/12/15: Chaste trees and jumping spiders:
family: Verbenaceae (new total 52)

9/25/15: Monkey puzzle tree:
family: Araucariaceae (new total 53)

Morning name: camellia:
family: Theaceae, the tea family (new total 54)

10/17/12: gypsum weed etc:
[Wikipedia on Jimson weed:] Datura stramonium, known by the common names Jimson weed or datura is a plant in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, which is believed to have originated in the Americas, but is now found around the world. [other Solanaceae: potato, tomato, tomatillo, chili pepper and bell pepper, eggplant, Cape gooseberry, Atropa belladonna (deadly nightshade), Chinese lantern, tobacco, petunia]
family: Solanaceae, the nightshade family (new total 55)

5/24/16: Three natives:
Mimulus, in the lopseed family, Phrymaceae [family #56, split from Scrophulariaceae]

6/1/16: From late winter:
family #57, Xanthorrhoeaceae

7/21/16: The kangaroo’s paw:
family #58, the bloodwort family, Haemodoraceae

9/7/16: How sweet the daphne smells:
family #59, Thymelaeaceae

10/21/16: Two flowering trees in Kyoto:
family #60, Brazil nut family, Lecythidaceae

12/14/16: Two red hot pokers:
renaming of family #57 as Asphodelaceae

2/19/17: horsetails:
family #61, Equisetaceae

5/16/17: ice plants:
family #62, Aizoaceae

5/20/17: JHT photos: on the peopny patrol:
family #63, Paeoniaceae

6/5/17: For the day:
family #64, Myricaceae; #65, Taxaceae; #66, Proteaceae

6/13/17: Trailers:
family #67, Polemoniaceae

6/14/17: Three garden ornamentals and two trees:
family #68, Iridaceae

7/5/17: More news not for penises:
family #69, Orobanchaceae, the broomrapes; and #70, Nyctaginaceae, the four o’clock family

7/9/17: Ruthie copes: Moses and the doggie bag:’
family #71, Juncaceae

7/12/17: Neighborhood gardens, heavy on purple:
family #72, Melastomataceae

7/16/17: A blue period:
family #73, Campanulaceae, the bellflower family

9/23/17: Boys with Plants:
family #74, Strelitziaceae

10/17/17: Mahonia, Berberis, Ilex:
family #75, Berberidaceae, and #76, Aquifoliaceae

10/27/17: The X-Bulbs, plus Greek Sword:
family #77, Oxalidaceae

2/3/18: Tulip trees and magnolias:
family #78, Magnoliaceaea

5/6/18: Ocotillo:
family #79, Fouquieriaceae (quite small)

5/25/18: Similarities:
family #80, Francoaceae (also small)

5/31/18: A plant too invasive even for me:
family #81, Saururaceae (also small)

6/7/18: White stars on a field of green:
plants in the Scrophulariaceae family

7/1/18: Aroused soap-opera scientists and the Stanford screw-moss:

11/5/18: Mandala swimmer, Kali tat, Banksia stamp:
family #82, Nelumbonaceae

11/30/18: Green flowers:
family #83, Hypericaceae

12/20/18: Needles and scales:
6 familes: Rutaceae #84, Euphorbiaceae #85, Geraniaceae #86, Pinaceae #87, Cupressaceae #88, Ericaceae #89

1/5/19: Three kings from 1900:
Burseraceae #90

1/31/29: Suspended Christmas:
Smilacaceae #91

3/30/19: News for carnivorous penises:
Nepenthaceae #92

4/7/19: Two moments of iridaceous naming:
subfamilies of Iridaceae (#68)

4/16/19: If you can’t spell it, you can’t sell it!:
Arecaceae #93 and Sapindaceae #94

4/19/19: The red and the white:
Passifloraceae #95 and Cornaceae #96

5/31/19: Flirting with magenta:
Montiaceae #97 (formerly in Portulaceae)

6/4/19: perennial, evergreen, hardy:
Moraceae #98 (the mulberry or fig family)

8/15/19: Blue and black at the Gamble Garden:
Linaceae #99 (the flax family)

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