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Annual, perennial herb, shrub, vine
Leaves simple or compound, cauline (or most in basal rosette), alternate or opposite; stipules 0
Inflorescence: cymes, heads, or flowers solitary
Flower: calyx generally 5-ribbed, ribs often connected by translucent membranes that are generally torn by growing fruit; corolla generally 5-lobed, radial or bilateral, salverform to bell-shaped, throat often well defined; stamens generally 5, epipetalous, attached at same or different levels, filaments of same or different lengths, pollen white, yellow, blue, or red; ovary superior, chambers generally 3, style 1, stigmas generally 3
Fruit: capsule
Seeds 1–many, gelatinous or not when wet
Genera in family: 19 genera, 320 species: Am, n Eur, n Asia; some cultivated (Cantua, Cobaea (cup-and-saucer vine), Collomia, Gilia, Ipomopsis, Linanthus, Phlox )
Recent taxonomic note: *See also revised taxonomy of Porter and Johnson 2000 Aliso 19(1):55–91; Porter 1998 Aliso 17:83–85


Alva G. Day

Annual, hairy, ± glandular; glands minute
Stem erect, leafy, generally branched
Leaves alternate, dark green, generally deeply pinnately lobed, ± palmately lobed upward; lobes linear to lanceolate, blunt-tipped, central lobe widest
Inflorescence: flowers generally in clusters
Flower: calyx lobes blunt-tipped, tube narrowly membranous between ribs, ribs translucent below in fruit, membrane splitting; corolla funnel-shaped, radial or bilateral, throat narrow, tapered, lobes narrowly obovate; stamens attached in tube; stigmas 3
Fruit spheric, < calyx; valves generally falling
Seeds 1–3 per chamber, concave, black or brown, gelatinous when wet; ends rounded
Species in genus: 4 species: w North America
Etymology: (Greek: other leaf)
Reference: [Grant & Grant 1955 El Aliso 3:93–110]

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