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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Allophyllum gilioides - dense false gilyflower

Synonyms: Gilia giliodes
Other Common Names: blue false gilia
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Polemoniaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Annual with hairy stems and leaves. Flowers are tubular, deep blue to purple.
Identification notes: Flowers bright blue or violet, corolla tubular and funnel-form, seeds 1 per chamber.
Height: 3 to 14 inches


Habitat Description: Open, sandy, generally damp or grassy areas.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Riparian
Elevation: 3000 - 5000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Deep blue to purplish     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Mar - May
Description: Flowers are five petaled, tubular, and deep blue to purple in color. There are 2 to 8 flowers in each elongated cluster.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Pinnatifid     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are alternate, dark green, and generally deeply pinnately lobed at the base. Upper leaves are linear to lanceolate.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Brownish   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Seed capsules are round and light brown in color.
Seed Notes: 1 to 3 per capsule, round, tiny and black.

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