Aliciella leptomeria
Great Basin gilia, sand gily-flower

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington south to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Open, sandy and rocky areas in sagebrush steppe from low to middle elevations.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)


Annual, branches ascending and numerous, thread-like, often puberulent to glandular; stems 2-23 cm long.


Basal leaves lanceolate or linear, either toothed or round-lobed, mucronate, leaves 1-6 cm long; cauline leaves linear, entire, equal length to basal.


Inflorescence of 1-3 in bract axils; Sepals lobe tips thickened; petals 4-7 mm long, tube often 1 to 3 times greater than diameter of calyx, thread-like, color purple with a yellow throat, lobes truncate-acuminate, white adaxially, purple abaxially; styles can be exserted; stamen can be exserted.


Narrowly ellipsoid capsule, 3-5 mm long; seeds number 3 to many, yellow to brown, not gelatinous when wet.

Accepted Name:
Aliciella leptomeria (A. Gray) J.M. Porter
Publication: Aliso 17(1): 38. 1998.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Gilia leptomeria A. Gray [HC, IMF4, JPM, KZ99]
Gilia leptomeria A. Gray var. leptomeria [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Aliciella leptomeria in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Aliciella leptomeria checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Aliciella leptomeria atlas page.

CalPhotos: Aliciella leptomeria photos.

USDA Plants: Aliciella leptomeria information.

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