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Aliciella hutchinsifolia

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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 W. Patterson, family description, key to genera, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Robert W. 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
Reference: Porter 1998 Aliso 17:23--46
Aliciella hutchinsifolia (Rydb.) J.M. Porter
Habit: Annual; densely glandular-puberulent, glandular-hairy below, odor skunk-like. Stem: 5--40 cm, branched from base or above. Leaf: basal 2--8 cm, +- erect, 1--2-pinnate, axis linear, lobes > 2 × width of leaf axis; upper leaves linear, entire. Flower: calyx 3--4 mm, lobes linear; corolla 7--14 mm, tube well exserted, white, glandular-puberulent abaxially, throat green-spotted, yellow above, lobes 2--4 mm, generally wavy-margined, white to lavender; stamens, style +- exserted, pollen white. Fruit: 3--6 mm, >= calyx. Seed: many. Chromosomes: 2n=18.
Ecology: Sandy or gravelly flats, slopes, dunes; Elevation: 400--1800 m. Bioregional Distribution: GB, DMoj; Distribution Outside California: to Utah, Arizona. Flowering Time: Mar--May(Jun) Note: Sand grains often stuck to glands.
Synonyms: Gilia hutchinsifolia Rydb.
Jepson eFlora Author: J. Mark Porter
Reference: Porter 1998 Aliso 17:23--46
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Citation for this treatment: J. Mark Porter 2012, Aliciella hutchinsifolia, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 27, 2022.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2022, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on June 27, 2022.

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Geographic subdivisions for Aliciella hutchinsifolia:
GB, DMoj
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