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Aliciella pinnatifida
Aliciella pinnatifida.  Synonym: Gilia pinnatifida, Gilia calcarea. (Sticky Gilia).
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Foothills to subalpine.  Openings. Summer.
Below American Basin, July 26, 2007.

This lovely splash of color likes to grow on gravelly, rocky areas with little competition from other plants.  In these photographs it is growing on a pile of old mine debris and on a gravel bar at the side of a small creek.  Plants typically grow 8-12 inches tall (the one at left is ten inches) but may be as much as two feet tall.  

The plant was first collected by Thomas Nuttall along the Lewis River (in the 1830s?) and Nuttall named the plant in 1870.  In 1998 Mark Porter placed it in a new genus, Aliciella, named for famed Colorado and California botanist, Alice Eastwood.  (More biographical information about Eastwood.)

Aliciella pinnatifida
Aliciella pinnatifida.  Synonym: Gilia pinnatifida, Gilia calcarea. (Sticky Gilia).
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Foothills to subalpine.  Openings. Summer.
Below American Basin, July 26, 2007.

The numerous glandular hairs (that appear as dots covering the calyx tube below the flower) give rise to one common name, "Sticky Gilia".

Aliciella pinnatifida
Aliciella pinnatifida.  Synonym: Gilia pinnatifida, Gilia calcarea. (Sticky Gilia).
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Foothills to subalpine.  Openings. Summer.
Below American Basin, July 26, 2007.

Aliciella pinnatifida
Aliciella pinnatifida.  Synonym: Gilia pinnatifida, Gilia calcarea. (Sticky Gilia).
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Foothills to subalpine.  Openings. Summer.
Below American Basin, July 26, 2007.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Species present in state and native
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Species present and not rare
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Species extirpated (historic)
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Native species, but adventive in state
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Range map for Aliciella pinnatifida