Aliciella latifolia ssp. latifolia

Aliciella latifolia ssp. latifolia

Aliciella is a cytologically complex genus of 23-24 species of perennials, annuals, and biennials  endemic to western North America.


Aliciella is endemic to the western United States and northwestern Mexico. It is most diverse in the Great Basin.

worldwide distribution of  Aliciella

worldwide distribution of Aliciella


The recently published Gilia karnenae (Kass and Welsh 2013) should be included in Aliciella, however no formal combination has been made. Initial placement in Gilia as opposed to Aliciella particularly strange given that G. karnenae is described in the protologue as being similar to both A. caespitosa and A. tenuis, as well as compared to A. haydenii in the discussion.  Moreover, the revision of Porter (1998) is not cited. Kass and Welsh seem to justify their nomenclature by following the antiquated idea of allowing for paraphyletic genera.

  1. Aliciella caespitosa (A. Gray) J.M. Porter
  2. Aliciella cliffordii J.M. Porter
  3. Aliciella formosa (Greene) J.M. Porter
  4. Aliciella haydenii (A. Gray) J.M. Porter
    • A. haydenii (A. Gray) J.M. Porter subsp. crandallii (Rydb.) J.M. Porter
    • A. haydenii (A. Gray) J.M. Porter subsp. haydenii
  5. Aliciella heterostyla (S. Cochrane & A.G. Day) J.M. Porter
  6. Aliciella humillima (Brand) J.M. Porter
  7. Aliciella hutchinsifolia (Rydb.) J.M. Porter
  8. Aliciella “karnenae”  ( = Gilia karnenae Kass & S.L. Welsh)
  9. Aliciella latifolia (S. Wats.) J.M. Porter
    • A. latifolia (S. Wats.) J.M. Porter subsp. imperialis (S.L. Welsh) J.M. Porter
    • A. latiflolia (S. Wats.) J.M. Porter subsp. latifolia
  10. Aliciella leptomeria (A. Gray) J.M. Porter
  11. Alicella lottiae (A.G. Day) J.M. Porter
  12. Aliciella mcvickerae (M.E. Jones) J.M. Porter
  13. Aliciella micromeria (A. Gray) J.M. Porter
  14. Aliciella monoensis J.M. Porter & A.G. Day
  15. Aliciella nyensis (Reveal) J.M. Porter
  16. Aliciella penstemonoides (M.E. Jones) J.M. Porter
  17. Aliciella pinnatifida (A. Gray) J.M. Porter
  18. Aliciella ripleyi (Barneby) J.M. Porter
  19. Aliciella sedifolia (Brandegee) J.M. Porter
  20. Alicieilla stenothyrsa (A. Gray) J.M. Porter
  21. Aliciella subacaulis (Rydb.) J.M. Porter
  22. Aliciella subnuda (A. Gray) J.M. Porter
  23. Aliciella tenuis (F.J. Sm. & Neese) J.M. Porter
  24. Aliciella trinodon (Eastw.) Brand


Porter, J. M. 1998. Aliciella: a recircumscribed genus of Polemoniaceae. Aliso 17: 23–46.

Welsh, S.L. and R. Kass.  2013.  A Distinctive New Taxon: Gilia karenae (Polemonaceae).  Western North American Naturalist  74: 138-140.


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