Latin name: Gilia latiflora (A. Gray) A. Gray ssp. davyi (Milliken) A.D. Grant & V. Grant
Pronunciation: JEE-lee-a (or GIL-ee-a*) la-ti-FLOR-a DAY-vee-eye
Common name: Davy gilia
Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox)
Habitat: Open flats and sandy areas, 2500'-4000', creosote bush scrub and joshua tree woodland, western Mojave Desert, Antelope Valley
Blooming period: March to May
Name derivations: 1) Gilia 2) latiflora 3) davyi
*When an epithet is derived from a personal name, an attempt should be made to preserve the pronunciation of the original name, which in this case is Gilii. In Italian a ‘g’ before an ‘i’ has a soft rather than a hard sound, and ‘i’ is pronounced as ‘ee’, so Gilia should properly be said as ‘JEE-lee-uh.’ Most people however will continue to say it as GIL-ee-a.