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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


Alva G. Day

Annual, perennial herb, generally erect
Stem glabrous, hairy, glandular, or cobwebby
Leaves simple, generally alternate; basal generally in rosette, toothed, pinnately lobed, or entire; cauline generally reduced; leaf tips, calyx lobes acute, acuminate, or needle-like
Inflorescence: flowers solitary or clustered, 1–many in axils of bracts
Flower: calyx membranous between ribs, membrane splitting or expanding; corolla > calyx, lobes generally ovate
Fruit generally ovoid; chambers 3, valves separating from top
Seeds 3–many, brown, generally gelatinous when wet
Species in genus: ± 70 species: w North America, South America
Etymology: (Felipe Gil, 18th century Spanish botanist)


G. micromeria A. Gray

Stem 4–14 cm, branches many, spreading, thread-like, slightly puberulent
Leaves: basal in rosette, 1–6 cm, pinnate, lobes spreading, length 0.5–1 X axis width; upper linear, entire
Inflorescence loose, nodding in bud; pedicels spreading or recurved in fruit
Flower: calyx ± 2 mm, membrane attached near lobe tips, V-shaped; corolla ± 3 mm, tube generally included, throat pale yellow, lobes ovate, entire, white or lavender; stamens, style slightly exserted; pollen white
Fruit ± 3 mm, ± = calyx, spheric
Seeds 2–8 per chamber, not gelatinous
Chromosomes: 2n=18
Ecology: Uncommon. Rocky or sandy soil
Elevation: 1200–1670 m.
Bioregional distribution: Great Basin Floristic Province (Modoc, Inyo cos.)
Distribution outside California: to Oregon, Colorado
Flowering time: Apr–Jun
Recent taxonomic note: *Aliciella micromeria (A. Gray) J.M. Porter

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