Scientific name - Malacothamnus fasciculatus Greene
Protected species, is extinct in California.
Synonyms - Malacothamnus arcuatus, Malacothamnus hallii, Malacothamnus mendocinensis, Malacothamnus parishii.
Popular names - Chaparral Mallow.
Distribution and Habitat - grows in coastal regions, up to 600 m altitude, California and Baja California.
Description - evergreen shrub, vigorous, well branched, 1-4.5 m high. The stem and leaves are pubescent, stellate hairs. Leaves alternate, petiolate; language ovat-round, palmate lobate, 0-7 lobes rounded, toothed margins, 2.11 cm. Blossom spike, flowers Sesi. Flowers generally bisexual, radial; calyx pubescent, 5 sepa, 4-11 mm, ovata, acuminata acute or short; Corola of 5 petalsfree, pink or white stamens many, ovary superior. Blooms in April-July, attract butterflies. Fruit capsule loculicida. 2n = 34
Growth rate - fast.
Tolerant - frost and heavy soils.
Requirements - well drained soils, dry, sunny or semi-shady exhibitions.
Management - skims necessary for maintaining strong fall crown
Propagation - by rhizomes.
Diseases and pests --
Natural partners and Garden - Artemisia californica, Encelia californica, Eriophyllum confertiflorum, Eriogonum fasciculatum, Hazard squarrosa, Lotus scoparius, Malosma Laurina, Rhus integrifolia, Salvia sp., Viguiera laciniata.
Properties and Uses --
Myth, Legend and Folklore --
AA Schoenherr - Natural History of the Islands of California - University of California Press, 2003
Grady L. Webster, Conrad J. Bahr - Changing Plant Life of La Frontera - University of New Mexico Press, 2001
MN Smith - Native Treasures - Gardening with the Plants of California - University of California Press, 2006
Robert Nold - High and Dry Gardening with Cold-Hardy Dryland Plants - Timber Press, 2007
Thomas B. Smith, Robert K. Wayne - Molecular Genetic Approaches in Conservation - OUP USA, 1996
Source photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vsny/2678658485/in/pool-florus
Trees and shrubs
Acer platanoides - norway maple
Acer platanoides - used as an ornamental species in parks and gardens, but also the green street.
In the United States was introduced around 1700 in East Pensilveniei. It was introduced as ornamental species, the green street, in many areas of culture out of control and become invasive species.
Bush deciduu, wood. Iregulata crown, branches couples glabra, 4-5 m high. Leaves alternate, simple, rough, 12 x 2-4 cm long, the upper part at first is tomentoasa then becomes glabra, opaque green, the underside is silver viloasa easy.
Evergreen ornamental plant of the Theaceae family, native from Eastern Asia, its origin is still controversial, being considered by some as species indigenous from Japonia and, by others, from China. It was introduced into Europe by the Portuguese in 1542 and soon spread to Spain, England, France and Italy; into United States at the beginning of the 18th century, and in Australia during the mid 19th century.
Ilex aquifolium is a shrub native to Britain, 8 meters high. Crown dense pyramid. Bark is smooth, gray, alternate leaves, coriacee, ovat-elliptical or pointed spinal rigid, acute, those tricky steps and with the lower branches of the PA wave the upper branches, evergreen, bright green, toxic.
Marrubium vulgare - Voronez
Perennial herbaceous plants, root fusiform. Right strain, wood and rigid, pubescent, 30-100 cm tall. Leaves petiolate, opposite, green-gray, pubescent on the underside, lamina ovata or suborbiculara, iregulat-edge gear, top round or obtuse, base subcordata, 2.5-5 cm long, 1-2 cm long stalks.
Sanguisorba officinalis - sangereasa
Herbaceous perennial. Stem erect, branched, galbra, 30-100 cm tall. Imparipenat-compound leaves, 20 - 40 cm long, 5-15 folio oval, irregularly toothed edge. Flowers hermaphrodite in capital combined terminal, brown or black-purple, 2-3 bracteole, Receptacle deeply concave; 4 SEPA, 4 stamens (rarely 2).
Herbaceous perennial species, dioecious. 5 cm diameter stalk. Leaves green to green-yellow with the main rib, which ends with a cylindrical Carcel which is longer than the tongue of the leaf, finished with a pitcher. Blossom panic or Raceme. Digestive glands are located inside the jar walls. Seeds are small and filiforme.
Tree 15-40 m high, trunk 1 m in diameter. Subsesile leaves or stalks, stalks up to 3 cm long, glabru or glabrescent; language to narrow obovata ovata, ovat-lanceolata, 6-15 x 2.5-7 cm, margins evening, the round, top-acute acuminata.