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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


Steven L. Timbrook

Species in genus: 1 sp
Etymology: (Rev. A.B. Langlois, Louisiana botanist)
Reference: [Timbrook 1986 Madroño 33:157–174]


L. setosissima (Torr. & A. Gray) Greene

Annual, bristly, generally hairy; hairs branched, nonglandular
Stem erect, generally naked below, leafy above
Leaves alternate, simple, linear or oblanceolate, 3–5-toothed at tip, each tooth with 1 bristle; basal teeth of upper leaves reduced to cluster of 2–3 bristles
Inflorescence: clusters, terminal, head-like; bracts leaf-like; pedicels 0–short
Flower: calyx lobes equal, bristle-tipped; corolla funnel-shaped; stamens attached at or below sinuses, equal, exserted, pollen white to blue; style exserted
Fruit oblong-lanceolate, triangular in X -section; outer wall of valve flat
Seeds gelatinous when wet
Ecology: Dry, generally sandy places
Elevation: generally < 1800 m.
Bioregional distribution: East of Sierra Nevada, Desert
Distribution outside California: to Nevada, Arizona, n Mexico; also in e Oregon, w Idaho
Self-compatible; generally cross-pollinated. Sspp. intergrade.

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