Coral gilia, carmine gilia
The Four Corners area of AZ, UT, CO and NM
Exposed, sandy areas, rocky outcrops; up to 7500 feet
Oblanceolate, lined by shallow teeth or lobes, in a basal rosette
The pretty crimson or reddish pink flowers of aliciella subnuda are formed of a slender, slightly tapering tube that opens out into five pointed lobes. Stems, calyx, petals and leaves have a covering of tiny, sticky (glandular) hairs which often cause sand and other particles to become attached. Flowers form at the ends of thin, branched, leafless stems; leaves grow only around the base, in a compact rosette. The greenish-purple calyx, at the base of the flower tube, also has five components, and is about a quarter of an inch in length. The anthers and stamens do not project out of the flower tube.