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Checklist of the Vascular Plants of San Diego County
4th Edition

Alphabetical Listing of Families

Family Checklist Page No.
ACANTHACEAE - Acanthus Family 18
ACERACEAE - Maple Family18
ADOXACEAE - Adoxa Family18
AGAVACEAE - Agave Family4
AIZOACEAE - Fig-Marigold Family18
ALISMATACEAE - Water Plantain Family4
ALLIACEAE - Onion Family4
ALOEACEAE, see ASPHODELACEAE
AMARANTHACEAE - Amaranth Family18
AMARYLLIDACEAE - Amaryllis Family5
ANACARDIACEAE - Sumac or Cashew Family20
APIACEAE (UMBELLIFERAE) - Carrot Family20
APOCYNACEAE - Dogbane Family22
APODANTHACEAE - Apodanthes Family 22
APONOGETONACEAE - Cape-Pondweed Family5
ARACEAE - Arum/Duckweed Family5
ARALIACEAE - Ginseng Family22
ARECACEAE (Palmae) - Palm Family5
ASCLEPIADACEAE, see APOCYNACEAE
ASPARAGACEAE - Asparagus Family5
ASPHODELACEAE - Asphodel Family5
ASPLENIACEAE - Spleenwort Family1
ASTERACEAE (COMPOSITAE) - Sunflower Family22
AVICENNIACEAE, see VERBENACEAE
AZOLLACEAE - Mosquito Fern Family1
BASELLACEAE - Basella Family33
BATACEAE - Saltwort Family33
BERBERIDACEAE - Barberry Family33
BETULACEAE - Birch Family33
BIGNONIACEAE - Bignonia Family33
BLECHNACEAE - Deer Fern Family1
BORAGINACEAE - Borage Family
see also EHRETIACEAE, HELIOTROPACEAE, HYDROPHYLLACEAE, LENNOACEAE
33
BRASSICACEAE (CRUCIFERAE) - Mustard Family
see also CAPPARACEAE
35
BURSERACEAE - Torchwood Family38
CACTACEAE - Cactus Family38
CALLITRICHACEAE, see PLANTAGINACEAE
CALYCANTHACEAE- Sweet Shrub or Calycanthus Family4
CAMPANULACEAE - Bellflower Family40
CANNABACEAE - Hemp Family40
CAPPARACEAE - Caper Family41
CAPRIFOLIACEAE - Honeysuckle Family
see also ADOXACEAE
41
CARYOPHYLLACEAE - Pink Family41
CELASTRACEAE - Staff Tree Family42
CERATOPHYLLACEAE - Hornwort Family4
CHENOPODIACEAE, see AMARANTHACEAE
CISTACEAE - Rock-Rose Family42
COMMELINACEAE - Spiderwort Family6
CONVALLARIACEAE - Lily-of-the-Valley Family6
CONVOLVULACEAE - Morning-Glory Family42
CORNACEAE - Dogwood Family43
CRASSULACEAE - Stonecrop Family43
CROSSOSOMATACEAE - Crossosoma Family44
CUCURBITACEAE - Gourd Family44
CUPRESSACEAE - Cypress Family3
CUSCUTACEAE, see CONVOLVULACEAE
CYPERACEAE - Sedge Family6
DATISCACEAE - Datisca Family44
DENNSTAEDTIACEAE - Bracken Family2
DIPSACACEAE - Teasel Family45
DRYOPTERIDACEAE - Wood Fern Family2
EBENACEAE - Ebony Family 45
EHRETIACEAE - Ehretia Family 45
ELAEAGNACEAE - Oleaster Family45
ELATINACEAE - Waterwort Family45
EPHEDRACEAE - Ephedra Family3
EQUISETACEAE - Horsetail Family1
ERICACEAE - Heath Family45
EUPHORBIACEAE - Spurge Family
see also PHYLLANTHACEAE, PICRODENDRACEAE
46
FABACEAE - Legume Family47
FAGACEAE - Oak Family52
FOUQUIERIACEAE - Ocotillo Family52
FRANKENIACEAE - Frankenia Family52
Fumariaceae, see PAPAVERACEAE
Funkiaceae, see AGAVACEAE
GARRYACEAE - Silk Tassel Family53
GENTIANACEAE - Gentian Family53
GERANIACEAE - Geranium Family53
GROSSULARIACEAE - Gooseberry Family53
HALORAGACEAE - Water-Milfoil Family54
HELIOTROPACEAE - Heliotrope Family54
HOSTACEAE, see AGAVACEAE
HYACINTHACEAE - Hyacinth Family7
HYDROCHARITACEAE - Waterweed Family7
HYDROPHYLLACEAE - Waterleaf Family54
HYPERICACEAE - St. John's Wort Family55
IRIDACEAE - Iris Family8
ISOETACEAE - Quillwort Family1
JUGLANDACEAE - Walnut Family55
JUNCACEAE - Rush Family8
JUNCAGINACEAE - Arrow-Grass Family9
KRAMERIACEAE - Rhatany Family56
LAMIACEAE (Labiatae) - Mint Family56
LAURACEAE - Laurel Family4
LEMNACEAE, see ARACEAE
LENNOACEAE - Lennoa Family57
LILIACEAE - Lily Family
see also AGAVACEAE, ALLIACEAE, AMARYLLIDACEAE, ASPARAGACEAE, ASPHODELACEAE, CONVALLARIACEAE, HYACINTHACEAE, MELANTHIACEAE, NOLINACEAE, THEMIDACEAE
9
LIMNANTHACEAE - Meadowfoam Family57
LINACEAE - Flax Family58
LOASACEAE - Loasa Family58
LYTHRACEAE - Loosestrife Family58
MALVACEAE - Mallow Family58
MARSILEACEAE - Marsilea Family2
MARTYNIACEAE - Unicorn Plant Family59
MELANTHIACEAE - Bunch Flower or Camas Family9
MELIACEAE - Mahogany Family59
MESEMBRYANTHEMACEAE, see AIZOACEAE
MOLLUGINACEAE - Carpetweed Family59
MORACEAE - Mulberry Family60
MYOPORACEAE, see SCROPHULARIACEAE
MYRTACEAE - Myrtle Family60
NAJADACEAE, see HYDROCHARITACEAE
NELUMBONACEAE - Lotus Family60
NOLINACEAE - Nolina Family9
NYCTAGINACEAE - Four O'clock Family60
OLEACEAE - Olive Family61
ONAGRACEAE - Evening Primrose Family61
OPHIOGLOSSACEAE - Adder's Tongue Family1
ORCHIDACEAE - Orchid Family9
OROBANCHACEAE - Broom-Rape Family62
OXALIDACEAE - Oxalis Family63
PAEONIACEAE - Peony Family64
PAPAVERACEAE - Poppy Family64
PEDALIACEAE, see MARTYNIACEAE
PHRYMACEAE Hopseed Family 64
PHYLLANTHACEAE Phyllanthus Family 65
PHYTOLACCACEAE - Pokeweed Family65
PICRODENDRACEAE Picrodendron Family65
PINACEAE - Pine Family3
PITTOSPORACEAE - Pittosporum Family65
PLANTAGINACEAE - Plantain Family65
PLATANACEAE - Plane Tree or Sycamore Family67
PLUMBAGINACEAE - Leadwort Family67
POACEAE (GRAMINEAE) - Grass Family10
POLEMONIACEAE - Phlox Family67
POLYGALACEAE - Milkwort Family70
POLYGONACEAE - Buckwheat Family70
POLYPODIACEAE - Polypody Family2
PONTEDERIACEAE - Pickerel Weed Family16
PORTULACACEAE - Purslane Family72
POTAMOGETONACEAE - Pondweed Family16
PRIMULACEAE - Primrose Family73
PTERIDACEAE - Brake Family2
RAFFLESIACEAE - see APODANTHACEAE
RANUNCULACEAE - Buttercup Family73
RESEDACEAE - Mignonette Family74
RHAMNACEAE - Buckthorn Family74
ROSACEAE - Rose Family75
RUBIACEAE - Madder or Coffee Family77
RUTACEAE - Rue or Citrus Family77
SALICACEAE - Willow Family77
SANTALACEAE, see VISCACEAE
SAPINDACEAE Soapberry Family 78
SAURURACEAE - Lizard's Tail Family4
SAXIFRAGACEAE - Saxifrage Family78
SCROPHULARIACEAE S.S. - Figwort Family
see also OROBANCHACEAE, PHRYMACEAE, PLANTAGINACEAE
78
SELAGINELLACEAE - Spike-Moss Family1
SIMAROUBACEAE - Quassia or Simarouba Family78
SIMMONDSIACEAE - Jojoba Family79
SOLANACEAE - Nightshade Family79
STERCULIACEAE, see MALVACEAE
STYRACACEAE - Storax Family80
TAMARICACEAE - Tamarisk Family80
THEMIDACEAE - Brodiaea Family17
TROPAEOLACEAE - Nasturtium Family80
TYPHACEAE - Cattail Family17
ULMACEAE - Elm Family80
URTICACEAE - Nettle Family80
VALERIANACEAE - Valerian Family80
VERBENACEAE - Vervain Family80
VIOLACEAE - Violet Family81
VISCACEAE - Mistletoe Family81
VITACEAE - Grape Family17
ZANNICHELLIACEAE - Horned-Pondweed Family17
ZOSTERACEAE - Eel-Grass Family17
ZYGOPHYLLACEAE - Caltrop Family82
The following symbols are used in the checklist to indicate:
* a taxon that is not native to the county, but has become naturalized, meaning that the taxon is persisting or spreading in natural, non-cultivated areas.
! a taxon that is an addition to the county not listed in A Flora of San Diego County.
a taxon that is not listed in The Jepson Manual, 1996. Note that some of these may be cited anecdotally there, but not officially listed.
? a taxon that is doubtfully found in the county and has certainly or probably been misidentified in the past.
{ } taxon documentation of herbarium vouchers, the herbarium acronym and either the accession number or, in some cases, the collector and collection number.
[ ] synonyms found in A Flora of San Diego County or in recent research publications and pertinent notes or citations. (Note that full synonomy for taxa is not listed.)

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