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POLEMONIACEAE

PHLOX FAMILY

Robert W. Patterson, Family Editor

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
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GILIA

Alva G. Day

Annual, perennial herb, generally erect
Stem glabrous, hairy, glandular, or cobwebby
Leaves simple, generally alternate; basal generally in rosette, toothed, pinnately lobed, or entire; cauline generally reduced; leaf tips, calyx lobes acute, acuminate, or needle-like
Inflorescence: flowers solitary or clustered, 1–many in axils of bracts
Flower: calyx membranous between ribs, membrane splitting or expanding; corolla > calyx, lobes generally ovate
Fruit generally ovoid; chambers 3, valves separating from top
Seeds 3–many, brown, generally gelatinous when wet
Species in genus: ± 70 species: w North America, South America
Etymology: (Felipe Gil, 18th century Spanish botanist)

Native

G. ripleyi Barneby

RIPLEY'S GILIA

Perennial
Stem 10–30 cm, densely glandular-hairy
Leaves: basal, lower in cluster, 3–6 cm, glandular-hairy, obovate, veins raised beneath, holly-like, tips of teeth needle-like; upper leaves < 1 cm, gland-dotted, needle-like
Inflorescence loose; flowers many, gland-dotted
Flower opening in evening; calyx 4–6 mm, tube 2 mm, lobes acuminate, margins membranous to near tip; corolla 7–10 mm, tube 1/2 corolla, white, throat white, lobes 3–5 mm, ovate, both surfaces pink, veins many; stamens attached near base, included or longest slightly exserted; style slightly exserted
Fruit 3–4 mm
Seeds many, not gelatinous
Chromosomes: 2n=18
Ecology: Limestone cliffs
Elevation: 900–1400 m.
Bioregional distribution: n Desert Mountains (Inyo Co.)
Distribution outside California: Nevada (where rare)
Flowering time: May–Jun
Recent taxonomic note: *Aliciella ripleyi (Barneby) J.M. Porter
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See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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