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Muilla maritima.jpg
Muilla maritima
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Brodiaeoideae
Genus: Muilla
S.Watson ex Benth.
Type species
Muilla maritima

The genus Muilla includes four to five species of flowering plants.


The genus name is a taxonomic anagram of Allium (in fact, the letters are in exact reverse order), the onion genus, for the flowers' resemblance.[1]

In the APG III classification system, it is placed in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Brodiaeoideae.[2][3] The subfamily has also been treated as a separate family Themidaceae.[4][5][6][7]


Muilla species are native to southwestern North America.[5][8]


Current species [5][7][8][9]
Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Muilla coronata 38824335.jpg Muilla coronata Greene crowned muilla Mojave Desert region in southeastern California and southern Nevada.[10]
Muilla - Flickr - aspidoscelis (56).jpg Muilla lordsburgana P.J. Alexander Lordsburg noino eastern fringe of the Chihuahuan Desert around Lordsburg Mesa in New Mexico.[11]
Muilla maritima.jpg Muilla maritima (Torr.) S.Watson ex Benth. in G.Bentham & J.D.Hooker sea muilla central and southern California; northern Baja California.[12]
Muilla transmontana 59777511.jpg Muilla transmontana Greene Great Basin muilla Mojave Desert and Great Basin regions in southeastern and northeastern California and western Nevada.[13]
Formerly included species


  1. ^ Jepson Manual (TJM2) Key to Muilla species . accessed 1 May 2016.
  2. ^ Chase, M.W.; Reveal, J.L. & Fay, M.F. (2009), "A subfamilial classification for the expanded asparagalean families Amaryllidaceae, Asparagaceae and Xanthorrhoeaceae", Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 161 (2): 132–136, doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.00999.x
  3. ^ Stevens, P.F., Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Allioideae
  4. ^ Jepson Herbarium, Jepson Manual (TJM2): Key to Themidaceae genera . accessed 29 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Jepson Manual (TJM2) treatment of Muilla, family Themidaceae . accessed 1 May 2016.
  6. ^ Calflora Database: Themidaceae genera . accessed 1 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b Calflora: Muilla, family Themidaceae . accessed 1 May 2016.
  8. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  9. ^ Biota of North America Program, 2013 county distribution maps
  10. ^ Calflora: Muilla coronata (Crowned muilla)
  11. ^ biorxiv: Muilla lordsburgana (Lordsburg noino)
  12. ^ Calflora: Muilla maritima (Sea muilla, Common muilla)
  13. ^ Calflora: Muilla transmontana (Great basin muilla, Inland muilla)

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