Plants of the genus Thunbergia are native to West Africa and belong to the family Acanthaceae.
Thunbergia laurifolia is native to Mexico and belongs to the family Acanthaceae. It grows as a vine and has been used in a variety of traditional medicines.
Saintpaulia ioantha is native to Tanzania and is a member of the Gesneriaceae family.
Stachys byzantia is a member of the family Lamiaceae and is native to Turkey, Armenia and Iran. It propagates easily and is widely cultivated, partly for its very soft leaves.
Salvia greggii is native to Texas and Mexico and belongs to the family Lamiaceae.
*archival specimen, not currently in our collection
Pinguicula is native to the southeastern US and is a member of the family Lentibularaceae. It is carnivorous and traps insects through sticky glands on the surface of its leaves.
Utricularia belongs to the family Lentibularaceae. Plants of this genus can be found throughout the world in fresh water or wet soil, and are carnivorous, eating small prey through bladder-like structures at the base of the plant.
Olea europaea is a member of the Oleaceae. It is found in parts of Africa, the Mediterranean and parts of Asia, and is cultivated for its fruits and oil.
The Oleaceae family of shrubs, trees, and vines occurs mainly in Old World tropical regions, but has some species in temperate regions. Leaves are opposite, stipulate and simple, or pinnately compound (as in ash). The flower typically has fused petals with 4 lobes, 2 stamens, and 1 pistil with a superior ovary. The family contains ash, privet, lilac, forsythia, fringe tree, jasmine, and olive. Members of the first 5 of these occur on campus. Olive trees have been cultivated for over 7,000 years and were important in Greek, Roman, and Hebrew cultures. The word 'oil' may have been derived from ‘olive.’ The wood in ash is very hard and has many uses, including being made into baseball bats.
Lantana camara is native to the American tropics and belongs to the family Verbenaceae. It is cultivated for its flowers but can become an invasive species.