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Aliciella leptomeria

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
Reference: Porter 1998 Aliso 17:23--46
Aliciella leptomeria (A. Gray) J.M. Porter
Habit: Annual. Stem: 7--23 cm, branches ascending, 1--several, thread-like, glandular-puberulent. Leaf: basal 1--6 cm, lanceolate or widely linear, toothed or lobed, lobes rounded, mucronate, generally < leaf axis width; cauline linear, entire. Flower: calyx 2--3 mm, lobe tips thickened; corolla 4--7 mm, tube 1.5--3 × calyx, thread-like, purple, throat yellow, lobes truncate-acuminate, white adaxially, purple abaxially; stamens, style +- exserted, pollen white. Fruit: 3--5 mm, = calyx, narrowly ellipsoid. Seed: many. Chromosomes: 2n=34,36.
Ecology: Common. Open, sandy or rocky areas; Elevation: 800--2100 m. Bioregional Distribution: GB, DMtns (uncommon); Distribution Outside California: to Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico. Flowering Time: Apr--Jun
Synonyms: Gilia leptomeria A. Gray
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 leptomeria, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, /eflora/eflora_display.php?tid=79238, accessed on October 31, 2020.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2020, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on October 31, 2020.

Aliciella leptomeria
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GB, DMtns (uncommon)
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