(Gilia capitata ssp. chamissonis)
Origin Of Genus Name: Gilia is named after Felipe Gil, a Spanish botanist.
Presidio Locations: Found on coastal dunes, particularly in Lobos Creek Valley and dunes around Crissy Marsh.
Range In State: Northern California coast. The Presidio is the type locality for this species.
Description: This native, annual species is one of the Presidio's rare plants. The leaves are distinctive, dissected and may be reddish in color. Its clusters of small flowers are bright blue-violet. Blooms May to August.
Did You Know?
Major Jonathan Letterman--after whom the hospital at the Presidio was renamed in 1911--was the medical director of the Army of the Potomac. A founding father of military medicine, Letterman organized forward first-aid stations, mobile field hospitals, and ambulance services during the Civil War.