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Aliciella leptomeria

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About Sand Aliciella (Aliciella leptomeria) Aliciella leptomeria (formerly Gilia leptomeria) is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common names Sand gilia and Great Basin gilia. It is native to the Western United States, where it grows in many types of habitat, such as the sagebrush of the Great Basin and in the Mojave Desert. It is a small herb producing a thin, branching stem up to about 23 centimeters tall. It is coated in glandular hairs. Several deeply lobed leaves 1 to 6 centimeters long are located in a basal rosette at ground level around the stem. There are smaller, unlobed leaves along the stem. The inflorescence produces one to three flowers, each about half a centimeter wide with a thread-thin tube. The corolla is purple-stained white, the throat is yellowish, and the tube is purple.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
2.8 - 9 in (7.1 - 22.9 cm)

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
676' - 8173'

Annual Precip. ?
3.7" - 26.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.37" - 2.77"

Coldest Month ?
25.4° F - 57.3° F

Hottest Month ?
55.6° F - 86.3° F

Humidity ?
1.49 vpd - 40.22 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Sand Gilia, Great Basin Gilia

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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