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Gilia capitata subsp. staminea

Higher Taxonomy
Family: PolemoniaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual, perennial herb, shrub, vine. Leaf: simple or compound, cauline (or most basal), alternate or opposite; stipules 0. Inflorescence: cymes, heads, clusters, or flower 1; bracts in involucres or not. Flower: sepals generally 5, fused at base, translucent membrane generally connecting lobes, torn by fruit; corolla generally 5-lobed, radial or bilateral, salverform to bell-shaped, throat often well defined; stamens generally 5, epipetalous, attached at >= 1 level, filaments of >= 1 length, pollen white, yellow, blue, or red; ovary superior, chambers generally 3, style 1, stigmas generally 3. Fruit: capsule. Seed: 1--many, when wetted swelling or not, gelatinous or not.
Genera In Family: 26 genera, 314 species: America, northern Europe, northern Asia; some cultivated (Cantua, Cobaea (cup-and-saucer vine), Collomia, Gilia, Ipomopsis, Linanthus, Phlox). Note: Leptodactylon moved to Linanthus.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson, family description, key to genera, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Robert Patterson, Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: GiliaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual. Stem: decumbent to erect, glabrous, hairy, glandular, or tufted-woolly-hairy. Leaf: simple, 1--3-pinnate-lobed or -dissected, generally alternate, margins entire, toothed, or lobed, tips acute, acuminate, or mucronate; basal generally in rosette; cauline generally reduced. Inflorescence: flowers 1--many in bract axils. Flower: calyx membranous between lobes, membranes splitting or expanding in fruit; corolla > calyx, lobes generally ovate, acute or acuminate. Fruit: spheric to ovoid; chambers 3; valves separating from top, to base and detaching or not to base and staying attached to receptacle. Seed: 3--many, yellow to brown, gelatinous when wet.
Species In Genus: +- 40 species: western North America, South America. Etymology: (Filippo L. Gilii, Italian naturalist, 1756--1821) Note: Stamens, styles said to be exserted protrude beyond fused part of corolla, that is, beyond corolla throat. Other taxa in TJM (1993) moved to Aliciella, Lathrocasis, Linanthus, Navarretia, Saltugilia. Gilia mexicana A.D. Grant & V.E. Grant recently found in San Diego Co.
Unabridged Note: Gilia can be challenging to identify. Several small-flowered species are only cryptically different from one another and many traits overlap. In order to successfully use the key, it is important to note pattern and distribution of flower color at the time of collection, as it may fade upon drying. Depauperate specimens may be particularly difficult if not impossible to identify using ordinary means. Descriptions of flowers follows previous authors (Day 1993; Grant & Grant 1956) in subdividing fused part of corolla into tube (basal part with parallel sides) and throat (flared part distal to tube). It is important to note that in some cases these definitions do not refer to homologous parts of the corolla.
eFlora Treatment Author: J. Mark Porter
Species: Gilia capitataView Description 

Stem: branched, 10--90 cm, leafy below inflorescence, glabrous, glandular, or with white hairs. Leaf: lower 1--2-pinnate-lobed, lobes 5--20 mm, axis, lobes +- 1 mm wide, linear, end lobe generally wider, axils, midribs generally with white hairs; upper cauline reduced or lobes finger-like. Inflorescence: head, terminal, spheric; flowers 25--100. Flower: calyx 3--5.2 mm, expanded in fruit, lobes acute to acuminate, narrower than membranes; corolla tube included, throat <= tube, generally exserted, lobes linear to oblong; stamens, style exserted; stigmas < 2 mm. Fruit: spheric, ovoid, or obovoid. Seed: 1--25. Chromosomes: 2n=18.

Gilia capitata subsp. staminea (Greene) V.E. Grant
Stem: 10--60 cm, glabrous or glandular. Leaf: in open basal rosette, generally 1-pinnate-lobed. Inflorescence: 20--30 mm wide, base tomentose; pedicels 0. Flower: calyx hairy, lobes acuminate, tips recurved, membranes +- blue or colorless; corolla 7--13 mm, pale blue-violet, lobes +- 3 mm wide, oblong. Fruit: 3.7--5 mm, <= calyx, ovoid; valves generally not detaching. Seed: 10--25.
Ecology: Sandhills, flats; Elevation: 100--1300 m. Bioregional Distribution: s NCoRI, GV, SnFrB, SCo; Distribution Outside California: Arizona. Flowering Time: Mar--May Note: Intergrades with Gilia capitata subsp. pedemontana.
Jepson eFlora Author: J. Mark Porter
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Citation for this treatment: J. Mark Porter 2012, Gilia capitata subsp. staminea, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 15, 2019.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2019, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 15, 2019.

Gilia capitata subsp. staminea
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© 2012 Gary A. Monroe
Gilia capitata subsp. staminea
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© 2005 Keir Morse
Gilia capitata subsp. staminea
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© 2005 Keir Morse
Gilia capitata subsp. staminea
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Geographic subdivisions for Gilia capitata subsp. staminea:
s NCoRI, GV, SnFrB, SCo
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