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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Ericales
Family: Polemoniaceae
Genus: Acanthogilia
Species: A. gloriosa

Acanthogilia is a genus with a single species of desert shrub from Baja California, Mexico. It was first scientifically described as a genus in 1986.[1][2]


Its closest relatives within the family Polemoniaceae are not clear. Some evidence suggests it was first to diverge from the ancestral member of that family, some puts it in a group with Bonplandia, Cobaea, and Cantua, and some say that those three genera diverged first, followed by Acanthogilia (followed by the rest of the family).[3]


  1. ^ Grant, Verne (1998), "Primary Classification and Phylogeny of the Polemoniaceae, with Comments on Molecular Cladistics", American Journal of Botany, 85 (6): 741, doi:10.2307/2446408 
  2. ^ Day, A., and R. Moran. 1986. Acanthogilia, a new genus of Polemoniaceae from Baja California, Mexico. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 44: 111–126.
  3. ^ Polemoniaceae. Phlox Family., Tree of Life, by Leigh Johnson, updated 2 January 2009