Latin name: Gilia leptantha Parish ssp. transversa A.D. Grant & V. Grant
Pronunciation: JEE-lee-a (or GIL-ee-a*) lep-TAN-tha trans-VER-sa
Common name: Transverse fine-flower gilia
Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox)
Habitat: Rocky or sandy places often near streams, 3000'-6000', north slope San Bernardino and San Gabriel Mts
Blooming period: May to August
Name derivations: 1) Gilia 2) leptantha 3) transversa
*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.