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Aliciella lottiae
Aliciella lottiae
Photographer: Aaron Schusteff

ID: 0000 0000 0104 0703 (2004-01-18)

Copyright © 2004 Aaron Schusteff

  • date of photo  May 17, 2003
  • location   Eureka Dunes (Inyo County, California, US)
  • family Polemoniaceae
  • plant community   Sand dunes
  • notes   This post was originally made on 1/18/04 as ''Gilia leptomeria'', but I believe it should be placed under Aliciella lottiae after working with the (nice!) new online Jepson keys to 'Gilia-related' genera by J. Mark Porter. [Note: A number of Gilia have been moved to the genus Aliciella, whose name honors Alice Eastwood.]

    In the new key, this plant goes to Aliciella lottiae and the description of A. lottiae fits well...better than that of A. leptomeria. In particular, ''corolla 6-7 mm, tube +/- exserted, stout, white, throat > tube, white, yellow-spotted'' for A. lottiae, fits better than ''corolla 4-7 mm, tube 1.5-3 x calyx, thread-like, purple, throat yellow, lobes truncate-acuminate, white adaxially, purple abaxially'' for A. leptomeria.

    Moreover, I was able to find the 1993 paper ''New Taxa and Nomenclatural Changes in Allophyllum, Gilia, and Navarretia (Polemoniaceae)'' in which Alva Day first described Gilia (=Aliciella) lottiae and provided line drawings comparing and contrasting it with Gilia (=Alliciella) leptomeria, from which it was segregated. Her descriptions indicate the plant here is Gilia lottiae; and the line drawings indicate the the calyx membrane of G. leptomeria ends below the apex of the calyx lobes, whereas in G. lottiae the calyx membrane tapers all the way to the apex of the calyx lobes, as can be seen in the (unfortunately, somewhat blurry) fruit detail at left of this collage. Also of relevance is the interesting 2000 paper by J. Mark Porter, ''Aliciella, a Recircumscribed Genus of Polemoniaceae'' (Aliso, 17:23-46. 1998...available as a 6.2MB PDF here).

    Finally, there is a California Consortium of Herbaria record of A. lottiae from Eureka Dunes here, but no such Eureka Dunes records for A. leptomeria.

  • camera   Shot at f13, 1/125 on a Canon D60 with 50mm Canon Compact Macro lens.
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • Look for Jepson Manual treatments, maps (University & Jepson Herbaria)
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