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Aliciella triodon

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: AliciellaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Stem: erect, ascending or decumbent, glabrous, hairy, or glandular. Leaf: simple, generally alternate, tips acute, acuminate, or mucronate; basal generally in rosette, entire, toothed, or 1--2-pinnate-lobed; cauline generally reduced. Inflorescence: flowers 1--3 in bract axils. Flower: calyx membranous between lobes, lobes < tube, membranes glandular, splitting or expanding in fruit; corolla > calyx, lobes generally < tube, generally ovate, acute, acuminate. Fruit: spheric to ovoid; chambers 3; valves separating from top. Seed: 3--many, yellow to brown, not gelatinous when wet.
Species In Genus: +- 25 species: western North America. Etymology: (Alice Eastwood, curator in herbarium, California Academy of Sciences, 1859--1953)
eFlora Treatment Author: J. Mark Porter

Aliciella triodon (Eastw.) Brand
Habit: Annual, glandular-puberulent. Stem: generally 1, branches above, spreading, 5--13 cm, thread-like. Leaf: basal, 5--20 mm, oblanceolate to obovate, entire, toothed, or lobed, lobes spreading, short-pointed, length < leaf axis width; upper leaves linear, entire. Flower: calyx 2--3 mm, lobes short-pointed, tips thick; corolla 5--7 mm, tube + throat 3--5.8 mm, thread-like, proximally purple, distally yellow, throat narrower than tube, yellow, lobes 3-toothed, central tooth generally longest, base yellow, tips white; stamens, stigma at mouth or +- exserted, pollen white. Fruit: 3--4 mm, narrowly ovoid. Seed: many. Chromosomes: 2n=18.
Ecology: Open, sandy or rocky areas, sagebrush scrub, juniper woodland; Elevation: 1200--1700 m. Bioregional Distribution: e DMtns (Clark Mtn Range, uncommon); Distribution Outside California: to Colorado, New Mexico. Flowering Time: Apr--May
Synonyms: Gilia triodon Eastw.
eFlora Treatment Author: J. Mark Porter
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Citation for this treatment: J. Mark Porter 2017. Aliciella triodon, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 21, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 21, 2017.

Aliciella triodon
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Aliciella triodon
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Aliciella triodon
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Aliciella triodon
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Geographic subdivisions for Aliciella triodon:
e DMtns (Clark Mtn Range, uncommon);
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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Duplicates counted once; synonyms included.
Species do not include records of infraspecific taxa.
Blue line denotes eFlora flowering time.