PHOENIX  BONSAI  SOCIETY :
TAXONOMIC  ANALYSIS  OF  PLANTS
FOR  BONSAI  HERE  LISTING
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Primarily per the slightly modified Cronquist system found in
D. J. Mabberley, The Plant-Book (NY: Cambridge University Press; 1987), pp. 627-636.


This Page Last Updated: July 11, 2015

To show patterns of “ease” with known/experienced plants, to find suggested “ease” with unknown/new plants,
to uncover previously unsuspected patterns.
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Division      Anthophyta
—– Class      Liliopsida
———- Subclass      Arecidae
————— Order      Arecales
——————– Family      Arecaceae
————————- Genus      Rhapis
—————————— Species     excelsa ( V )       Rhapis / Lady palm
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Division      Pinophyta
—– Class      Pinopsida
————— Order      Pinales
——————– Family      Araucariaceae
————————- Genus        Araucaria
—————————— Species       heterophylla ( IV )       Norfolk Island pine
——————– Family      Cupressaceae
————————- Genus        Cupressus
—————————— Species      arizonica glabra ( III ),       Arizona cypress
————————- Genus        Juniperus
—————————— Species      californica ( IV ), conferta ( II ), procumbens ( I ), prostrata ( II ), squamata ( II )
————————- Genus        Platycladus ( Thuja )
—————————— Species      orientalis ( II )       Oriental arborvitae
——————– Family      Pinaceae
————————- Genus        Pinus
—————————— Species      eldarica ( III ), halepensis ( II ), pinea ( III ), thunbergii ( IV )
——————– Family      Taxodiaceae
————————- Genus        Taxodium
—————————— Species       distichum ( IV )       Bald cypress
————— Order      Ginkgoales
——————– Family      Ginkgoceae
————————- Genus      Ginkgo
—————————— Species      biloba ( IV )       Ginkgo / Maidenhair tree
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Division      Cycadophyta
—– Class      Cycadopsida
————— Order      Cycadales
——————– Family      Cycadaceae
————————- Genus      Cycas
—————————— Species      revoluta ( V )       Sago palm
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Division      Magnoliophyta
—– Class      Magnoliopsida
———- Subclass      Asteridae
————— Order      Asterales
——————– Family      Compositae
————————- Genus      Encelia
—————————— Species     farinosa ( II )       Brittlebush
————— Order      Gentianales
——————– Family       Apocynaceae
————————- Genus      Carissa
—————————— Species      macrocarpa ( II )       Natal plum
——————– Family      Rubiaceae
————————- Genus      Gardenia
—————————— Species       augusta ( jasminoides )   ( III )       Gardenia
————————- Genus       Serissa
—————————— Species       foetida ( IV )       Serissa / Snow rose
————— Order      Lamiales
——————– Family      Bignoniaceae
————————- Genus      Chilopsis
—————————— Species       linearis ( II )       Desert willow
————————- Genus       Jacaranda
—————————— Species       mimosifolia ( III )       Jacaranda
————————- Genus       Tecomaria
—————————— Species       capensis ( III )       Cape honeysuckle
——————– Family      Boraginaceae
————————- Genus      Cordia
—————————— Species      boissieri ( II ), parvifolia ( ii )       Texas olive
————————- Genus      Ehretia
—————————— Species      microphylla ( IV )       Fukien tea
——————– Family      Lamiaceae
————————- Genus      Rosmarinus
—————————— Species      officinalis ( III )       Rosemary
————————- Genus      Vitex
—————————— Species      agnus-castus ( I )       Vitex / Chaste tree / Monk’s pepper
——————– Family      Myoporaceae
————————- Genus      Eremophila ( I )       Emu bush
——————– Family      Oleaceae
————————- Genus      Fraxinus
—————————— Species       velutina ( II )       Arizona ash
————————- Genus       Ligustrum
—————————— Species       japonicum ( II )       Japanese privet / Wax-leaf privet
————————- Genus      Olea
—————————— Species     europaea ( I )       Fruitless olive
——————– Family      Scrophulariaceae
————————- Genus      Leucophyllum
—————————— Species       frutescens ( II )       Texas sage / Texas ranger
——————– Family      Verbenaceae
————————- Genus      Lantana 
—————————— Species      montevidensis ( I )       Lantana
———- Subclass      Caryophyllidae
————— Order      Caryophyllales
——————– Family      Aizoaceae
————————- Genus       Trichodiadema ( V )       Trichodiadema
——————– Family       Amaranthaceae
————————- Genus      Atriplex ( II )       Quailbush
——————– Family      Nyctaginaceae
————————- Genus      Bougainvillea
—————————— Species     glabra ( i ), spectabilis ( i )       Bougainvillea
——————– Family      Portulacaceae  or   Didiereaceae
————————- Genus       Portulacaria
—————————— Species      afra ( V )       Elephant’s food / Dwarf jade
———- Subclass      Dilleniidae
————— Order      Ericales
——————– Family      Ericaceae
————————- Genus      Arcotostaphylos
—————————— Species      uva ursa ( iv )       Manzanita
——————– Family      Theaceae
————————- Genus      Camellia ( III )       Camellia
————— Order      Euphorbiales
——————– Family      Buxaceae
————————- Genus      Buxus
—————————— Species      microphylla japonica ( III )       Japanese boxwood
——————– Family      Euphorbiaceae
————————- Genus      Sapium
—————————— Species      sebiferum ( III )       Chinese tallow tree
——————– Family      Vitaceae
————————- Genus      Vitis
—————————— Species      vinifera ( II ), rotundifolia ( ii )       Grape
————— Order      Malvales
——————– Family      Tiliaceae
————————- Genus       Grewia
—————————— Species      occidentalis ( III )       Lavender starflower
————— Order      Violales
——————– Family      Tamaricaceae
————————- Genus      Tamarix
—————————— Species      chinensis ( II )       Tamarisk / Salt cedar
———- Subclass      Hamamelididae
————— Order      Fagales
——————– Family      Betulaceae
————————- Genus      Carpinus ( IV )       Hornbeam
——————– Family      Fagaceae
————————- Genus      Quercus ( III )       Oak
———- Subclass      Magnoliidae
————— Order      Laurales
——————– Family      Calycanthaceae
————————- Genus      Chimonanthus
—————————— Species      praecox ( III )       Wintersweet
————— Order      Magnoliales
——————– Family      Magnoliaceae
————————- Genus     Magnolia ( III )       Magnolia
———- Subclass      Ranunculidae
————— Order      Ranunculales
——————– Family      Berberidaceae
————————- Genus      Nandina
—————————— Species      domestica ( V )       Heavenly bamboo
——————– Family      Lardizabalaceae
————————- Genus      Akebia
—————————— Species      qinata ( I )     Japanese akebia
———- Subclass      Rosidae
————— Order     Apiales
——————– Family     Araliaceae
————————- Genus     Aralia ( V )
————————- Genus     Hedera
—————————— Species      helix ( V )       English ivy
————————- Genus     Schefflera
—————————— Species      arboricola ( II )       Hawaiian elf schefflera
——————– Family      Pittosporaceae
————————- Genus      Pittosporum
—————————— Species     phillyreoides ( I )       Pittosporum
————— Order     Aquifoliales
——————– Family     Aquifoliaceae
————————- Genus     Ilex
—————————— Species      vomitoria ( II )      Yaupon holly
————— Order     Celastrales
——————– Family     Celastraceae
————————- Genus     Euonymus
—————————— Species     japonica ( II )       Evergreen euonymus
————— Order      Fabales
——————– Family       Fabaceae or Leguminosae
————————- Genus      Acacia      ( II )       Acacia
————————- Genus      Calliandra
—————————— Species       eriophylla ( IV )       Fairy duster
————————- Genus       Ceratonia
—————————— Species       siliqua ( II )       Carob / St. John’s bread
————————- Genus       Cercidium
—————————— Species       floridum ( II ), microphyllum ( II )        Palo verde
————————- Genus       Ebenopsis
—————————— Species       ebano ( I )       Texas ebony
————————- Genus       Havardiana
—————————— Species       mexicana ( I ), pallens ( I )       Mexican ebony
————————- Genus       Lysiloma
—————————— Species       thornberi ( II )       Desert fern / Feather bush
————————- Genus       Olneya
—————————— Species       tesota ( I )       Ironwood
————————- Genus       Parkinsonia
—————————— Species       praecox ( II )        Palo brea
————————- Genus       Prosopis ( II )       Mesquite
————————- Genus       Wisteria ( IV )       Wisteria
————— Order      Malpighiales
——————– Family      Malpighiaceae
————————- Genus      Malpighia
—————————— Species      glabra ( II )       Barbados cherry
————— Order      Myrtales
——————– Family     Combretaceae
————————- Genus       Bucida
—————————— Species      spinosa ( II )       Black olive
————————- Genus       Conocarpus
—————————— Species      erectus ( IV )       Buttonwood
——————– Family      Lythraceae
————————- Genus        Cuphea
—————————— Species      hyssopifolia ( IV )       Mexican heather
————————- Genus        Lagerstroemia
—————————— Species      indica ( IV )       Crape myrtle
————————- Genus       Punica
—————————— Species        granatum ‘Nana’ ( II )       Dwarf pomegranate
——————– Family      Myrtaceae
————————- Genus       Callistemon
—————————— Species      viminalis ( II )       Weeping bottlebrush
————————- Genus       Eucalyptus ( IV )       Eucalyptus / Gum tree
————————- Genus       Leptospermum
—————————— Species      scoparium ( IV ), humifusum ( iv )       Australian tea tree
————————- Genus       Melaleuca
—————————— Species      nesophila ( II )       Pink melaleuca
————————- Genus      Myrtus
—————————— Species      communis ‘Boetica’ ( II ), communis ‘Compacta’ ( I )
————————- Genus       Syzygium ( Eugenia )
—————————— Species       paniculatum ( III )       Australian bush cherry
————— Order      Proteales
————————- Genus      Grevillea
—————————— Species      robusta ( II ), rosmarinifolia ( ii )       Silk oak
————— Order      Rosales
——————– Family      Cannabaceae
————————- Genus      Celtis
—————————— Species     reticulata ( II )       Reticulated or Western Hackberry
——————– Family      Crassulaceae
————————- Genus      Sedum
—————————— Species      oxypetalum ( v ), frutescens ( v )       Sedum
——————– Family      Elaeagnaceae
————————- Genus      Eleagnus ( II )       Silver berry
——————– Family      Moraceae
————————- Genus      Ficus
—————————— Species      benjamina ( I ), burtt-davyi ( I ), microcarpa ( I ), nerifolia ( I )       Fig
————————- Genus      Morus
—————————— Species       alba ( II )       White mulberry
——————– Family      Rhamnaceae
————————- Genus      Sageretia
—————————— Species     theezens ( III )       Chinese sweet plum
——————– Family      Rosaceae
————————- Genus      Chaenomeles
—————————— Species      lagenaria ( IV )       Japanese contorted quince
————————- Genus      Malus ( III )       Crab apple
————————- Genus      Prunus
—————————— Species      cerasifera ( IV ), mume ( IV )       Plum
————————- Genus      Pyracantha ( IV )       Pyracantha / Firethorn
————————- Genus      Pyrus
—————————— Species      calleryana ( III )       Flowering pear
——————– Family      Ulmaceae
————————- Genus       Ulmus
—————————— Species     parvifolia ( I )       Chinese elm
————————- Genus       Zelkova
—————————— Species      serrata ( IV )       Zelkova / Japanese gray-bark elm
————— Order      Sapindales
——————– Family      Aceraceae
————————- Genus        Acer
—————————— Species       buergeranum ( IV ), ginnala ( IV ), monspessulanum ( IV ), palmatum ( IV )       Maple
——————– Family      Anacardiaceae
————————- Genus        Operculicarya
—————————— Species       decaryi ( I )       Jabily Tree
————————- Genus        Pachycormus
—————————— Species       discolor ( II )       Elephant tree
————————- Genus        Pistache
—————————— Species       lentiscus ( II )       Pistachio
————————- Genus        Rhus
—————————— Species       lancea ( I )       African sumac
————————- Genus        Schinus
—————————— Species       molle ( II )       California pepper tree
——————– Family      Burseraceae
————————- Genus        Bursera
—————————— Species       fagaroides ( I ), microphylla ( I )       Elephant Tree
——————– Family      Rutaceae
————————- Genus        Citrus ( II )       Citrus
————————- Genus        Murraya
—————————— Species       exotica ( II )       Orange jasmine
————— Order      Saxifragales
——————– Family      Hamamelidaceae
————————- Genus      Liquidambar ( III )       Liquidambar / Sweet Gum
————— Order      Zygophyllales
——————– Family       Zygophyllaceae
————————- Genus        Larrea
—————————— Species       tridentata ( III )       Creosote / Greasewood
To see everything which can be used as bonsai around the world, please see http://www.magiminiland.org/BigPicture/BPAIndex.html (and connected pages).  (Those lists are actually the descendants of the above original list.)