Saturday, November 21, 2015

Globe Gilia (Gilia capitatum)

 4/12/03 Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Los Angeles County, CA
Note: Probably seeded/cultivated since it was at the visitor center

4/12/03 Eaton Canyon Nature Center

5/8/04 Green Valley Falls Trail, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, San Diego County, CA

5/8/04 Green Valley Falls Trail

 4/30/05 Cumbre Road from Figueroa Lookout Rd (8N16), Figueroa Mountain
Recreation Area, Santa Lucia Ranger District, Los Padres NF, Santa Barbara County, CA

5/4/03 Gorman Post Road (Gorman exit off I-5), Los Angeles County, CA


COMMON NAME: Globe Gilia

SPECIES: Gilia capitata

FAMILY: Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)


LOCATION: Gorman Post Road (Gorman exit off I-5), Los Angeles County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Stem branched, 10–90 cm, leafy below inflorescence, glabrous, glandular, or with white hairs

Leaves: lower 1–2-pinnate, lobes 5–20 mm, axis and lobes ± 1 mm wide, linear, end lobe generally wider, axils and midribs generally with white hairs; upper cauline reduced or lobes finger-like

Inflorescence: head, terminal, spheric; flowers 50–100

Flower: calyx expanded in fruit, lobes acute to acuminate, membrane width > ribs; corolla tube included, throat generally exserted, lobes linear to oblong; stamens and style exserted; stigmas < 2 mm

Fruit < calyx, ovoid to spheric

Ecology: Open, generally sandy to rocky areas

Elevation: < 2100 m.  

Bioregional distribution: Northwestern California, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley, n Central Coast, San Francisco Bay Area, South Coast Ranges, Channel Islands, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges 

Distribution outside California: to British Columbia, Idaho, Baja California

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