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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
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 2016. Aliciella triodon, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

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Geographic subdivisions for Aliciella triodon:
e DMtns (Clark Mtn Range, uncommon);
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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.
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