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Aliciella formosa

Aliciella formosa (Greene ex Brand) J.M. Porter

Aztec Gilia, Beautiful Gilia, Aztec Cheat Gily-flower

Polemoniaceae (Phlox family)

Synonym(s): Gilia formosa

USDA Symbol: ALFO3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial , Biennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Pinkish purple.


Native Distribution: Known in North America only in New Mexico where it is listed as endangered.
Native Habitat: Salt desert scrub communities of the Nacimiento Formation.

Web Reference

Webref 50 - New Mexico Rare Plants (2020) New Mexico Rare Plant Technical Council
Webref 74 - Southwest Colorado Wildflowers (2020) Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Aliciella formosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aliciella formosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aliciella formosa


Record Modified: 2021-05-28
Research By: CBR

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