Latin name: Gilia aliquanta A.D. Grant & V. Grant ssp. aliquanta
Pronunciation: JEE-lee-a (or GIL-ee-a*) al-i-KWAN-ta
Common name: Puff-calyx gilia
Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox)
Habitat: Rocky and gravelly slopes, 2500'-4000', joshua tree and pinyon-juniper woodland, north base of San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mts to northern Kern Co.
Blooming period: April to May
Name derivations: 1) Gilia 2) aliquanta
*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.