• Liliaceae, The Lily Family

    Liliaceae, The Lily Family

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    The lily family used to contain a lot of other monocotyledonous varieties that are now classified as families in their own right, including members of Asparagaceae and Amaryllidaceae. Description Herbacious bulbous (rarely rhizomous) plants having flowers of 6 tepals. They can sometimes look like a grassy shrub, and other times, they can form a longer stem. Bracts may or may not be present on...
  • Poaceae, The Grass Family

    Poaceae, The Grass Family

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    Grasses are an easily identified family of wind-pollinated monocots that are especially good at playing the role of ground cover. Some are annual and some are perennial. Some varieties may go dormant or die off during the hotter or colder months of the year, whereas others will hold their soil year-round. Description Grasses come in two types: clumping and running. Clumping grasses stay in...
  • Lamiaceae, The Mint Family

    Lamiaceae, The Mint Family

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    The mint family consists of many, if not most of the herbs we use on a regular basis which have mostly originated from the mediterranean where it can be quite hot and dry. They tend to be incredibly easy to cultivate by cutting and seed. Mint, basil, rosemary, oregano, sage, lavender, marjoram and thyme are all members of this superfamily that we call the...
  • Mimosoideae, The Acacia Subfamily

    Mimosoideae, The Acacia Subfamily

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    The Mimosoideae subfamily is a clade that includes many native Australian plants as well as some that have originated from overseas. The most noteworthy genus is probably Acacia, or the wattle group of plants. Believe it or not, this subfamily is actually a clade beneath the greater legume family Fabaceae, though on the surface they don’t seem to have much in common with other pea family members other than...
  • Fabaceae, The Legume Family

    Fabaceae, The Legume Family

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    The legume family is one of the best families to learn early in your plant identification journey because they’re easy to identify and you’ll notice members everywhere you go. This is one of the largest dicot families around, and while most of the plants have a lot in common, there are branches of the family that don’t conform to all of the patterns discussed...
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