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Gilia scopulorum
Gilia scopulorum
(shown with Apolysis sp.)
Photographer: Aaron Schusteff

ID: 0000 0000 0808 0461 (2008-08-07)

Copyright © 2008 Aaron Schusteff

 
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  • date of photo  Jul 25, 2008
  • location   At ~9,300 ft, along White Mountain Road, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest (Inyo County, California, US)
  • family Polemoniaceae
  • notes   Detail of a flower of Gilia scopulorum with a bee fly visiting (in the genus Apolysis). The plant was growing on a disturbed and exposed south facing slope which appeared to contain fill from recent construction of a road turnout. Initially I was tentative in my provisional ID of G. scopulorum, as references list that species occuring much lower (below ~4000 ft) and typically in Creosote scrub, rather than the open Pinyon woodland habitat at ~9,300 ft where I found this specimen, growing with sagebrush (Artemesia nova) and Ephedra as codominant shrubs. There were other discrepancies too, but overall it seemed to fit G. scopulorum better than any other Gilia species. I thank Gilia authority J. M. Porter for confirming the species ID and providing interesting additional comments. In particular, he mentioned that Gilia scopulorum has two different ploidy levels, n=9 and n=18, and is quite variable across its range. Moreover, this particular plant is an odd form with its diffuse branching, very small leaves, and anomalously high elevation. I wonder if perhaps its a waif here, whose seed was introduced in road fill brought from lower elevations within its more typical range. More detailed images of the bee fly are posted at: http://bugguide.net/node/view/211043
  • camera   Shot with a Canon Digital Rebel XT at f16 1/200, ISO 100, with fill-flash, using a Canon 100mm macro lens.
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

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