Friday, March 4, 2016

Linanthus pungens (Granite Gilia)

 6/12/04 Round Valley Trail, 9,000' elevation, Mt. San Jacinto State Park & Wilderness, 
Riverside County, CA

6/12/04 Round Valley Trail

 7/10/07 Little Lakes/Mosquito Flat Trailhead, Rock Creek, Eastern Sierra, 
Mono County, CA

7/10/07 Rock Creek

7/6/16 At the base of Obsidian Dome, Mammoth Lakes region, Inyo National Forest, Eastern Sierra, Mono County, CA

COMMON NAME: Granite Gilia

SPECIES: Linanthus pungens

FAMILY: Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)


LOCATION: Round Valley Trail, 9,000' elevation, Mt. San Jacinto State Park & Wilderness, Riverside County, CA


Treatment from The Jepson Manual (1993):

Habit: Perennial herb, subshrub, generally hairy, glandular or not. 

Stem: 1--3 dm. 

Leaf: alternate, lobes 3--7, palmate, sharp-tipped, middle generally longest. 

Flower: generally open evening; calyx lobes generally unequal, membrane much wider than lobes; corolla funnel-shaped, tube and throat 7--15 mm, white or light pink, lobes 7--10 mm, obovate, white or pink with darker shading on abaxial margins; stamens attached at throat. 

Fruit: < calyx, narrowly ovoid. 

Seed: 15--30, not gelatinous when wet. 

Ecology: Open, rocky areas in montane, subalpine forest, alpine fell-fields; 

Elevation: 1700--4000 m. 

Bioregional Distribution: CA; 

Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Rocky Mountains. 

Flowering Time: May--Aug 

Note: Some proposed subspecies sort well elsewhere, but not in California; further study needed. 

Synonyms: Cantua pungens Torr.; Leptodactylon pungens (Torr.) Rydb.; Leptodactylon pungens subsp. hallii (Parish) H. Mason; Leptodactylon pungens subsp. hookeri (Douglas) Wherry; Leptodactylon pungens subsp. pulchriflorum (Brand) H. Mason

eFlora Treatment Author: Robert Patterson & J. Mark Porter

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