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Muilla maritima

Higher Taxonomy
Family: ThemidaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Perennial herb from corm, outer coat fibrous [membranous]. Leaf: basal, 1--10, linear to narrow-lanceolate. Inflorescence: scapose, generally umbel-like; scape erect, generally 1(2), cylindric, generally rigid, occasionally wavy to twining; flower bracts 2--4[10], not enclosing flower buds. Flower: perianth parts 6 in 2 petal-like whorls, free or +- fused below into tube; staminodes 0 or 3; stamens 3 or 6, free or fused to perianth, occasionally appendaged; ovary superior, chambers 3, ovules 2--several per chamber. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal.
Genera In Family: 10--11 genera, 60--70 species: western North America.
eFlora Treatment Author: J. Chris Pires, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Dale W. McNeal, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: MuillaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Leaf: 1--10, basal, linear. Inflorescence: scape 3--50 cm; bracts several, papery, acuminate; pedicels slender, not jointed, erect. Flower: perianth parts +- free at base, not forming obvious tube, lobes spreading, generally equal, lanceolate or oblong, white to green-white or +- blue; stamens 6, filaments thread-like to dilated, occasionally overlapped or fused but not forming cup, anthers attached at middle; style short, club-shaped, persistent, stigma 3-lobed. Fruit: +- spheric, 3-angled. Seed: irregularly angled, black.
Species In Genus: 3 species: southwestern United States, northern Mexico. Etymology: (Anagram of Allium, from superficial resemblance) Note: Muilla clevelandii moved to Bloomeria.

Muilla maritima (Torr.) S. Watson
Leaf: 3--10, 10--60 cm. Inflorescence: scape 10--50 cm; pedicels 10--50 mm; flowers 4--70. Flower: perianth lobes 3--6 mm, green-white, midveins +- brown; stamens 2--5 mm, filaments thread-like or wider at base but not dilated, anthers green, blue, or purple. Fruit: 5--8 mm. Chromosomes: n=7,8,10.
Ecology: Coastal scrub, grassland, woodland, valleys; Elevation: < 2300 m. Bioregional Distribution: NCoR, GV, CW, SW (exc ChI), w D; Distribution Outside California: Baja California. Flowering Time: Mar--Jun
Synonyms: Bloomeria maritima (Torr.) J.F. Macbr.; Bloomeria maritima var. serotina (Greene) J.F. Macbr.; Hesperoscordum maritimum Torr.; Milla maritima (Torr.) S. Watson; Muilla serotina Greene; Muilla tenuis Congdon
Unabridged Note: JEPS17645, UC119714, UC565350, if verified, would voucher central SNF. POM291274, if verified, would voucher southern SNF, JEPS91192 and UC1561103, if verified, would voucher Teh.
eFlora Treatment Author: J. Chris Pires
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Citation for this treatment: J. Chris Pires 2016. Muilla maritima, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 29, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 29, 2016.

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Geographic subdivisions for Muilla maritima:
NCoR, GV, CW, SW (exc ChI), w D;
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