Plant Species of San Jacinto Mountain: Gilia species

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The San Jacinto Mountain Gilia Species Found Above 4000 feet elevation
Comparison Pictures of the Gilia Species


This page shows comparison pictures of the Gilia species of San Jacinto Mountain found above 4000 feet elevation. More information about distribution and abundance will be added in the future. We include the Saltugilia species on this page, which were formerly placed in the Gilia genus.

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The San Jacinto Mountain Gilia Species Found Above 4000 feet elevation

Table 1 lists the six Gilia species found above 4000 feet elevation at San Jacinto Mountain, along with the number of trails / floras on which we have seen each one.

Table 1. The Gilia species of San Jacinto Mountain above 4000 feet elevation

Scientific NameCommon Name# areas
Gilia angelensisangel's gilia1
Gilia capitata ssp. abrotanifoliaglobe gilia6
Gilia diegensiscoastal gilia9
Gilia ochroleuca ssp. exilisvolcanic gilia4
Saltugilia australissouthern gilia1
Saltugilia splendens ssp. splendenssplendid gilia20

Comparison Pictures of the Gilia Species

Click on the thumbnail pictures to get a larger version of any of them that often includes surrounding parts.

The Saltugilia species are easy to recognize, since they have translucent hairs on the leaves which can often by spotted sparkling in the sun from a standing position, and they have tack-shaped glands on the pedicels and stems just below the flowers. Tack-shaped glands are shaped like a tack, with a large flat head as wide as the stalk as long. Most other glands have a stalk longer than the width of the head, or have heads that are spherical, not flat.

Our two Saltugilia species are simply differentiated by flower color, whitish for S. australis and a very definite pink for S. splendens.

Fig. 1 shows comparison pix of three of our Gilia speces. All pictures are from Garner Valley in April 2014. Pix of other species will be added in the future.

S. australis G. diegensis G. ochroleuca ssp. exilis
Basal leaf hairs (click on pix to see basal leaf rosettes)
Pedicel / Uppermost Stem glands
Cauline leaves
Flower from the side
Flower from the top

Fig. 1. Comparison of three Gilia species. Note the difference in:

Click on the pix for larger versions.

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Updated 28 April 2014.