Mojave Indian Paintbrush
Common name: Mojave Indian paintbrush
Latin name: Castilleja plagiotoma
Height: 11 - 23.5 inches tall.
Description: Gray-green, becoming ± maroon, minutely hairy (especially leaves); hairs branched. Flower calyx 12–18 mm, pale yellow, white-woolly. Inflorescence 3–20 cm; bracts 13–20 mm, white-woolly lobes 3–5 which enclose the flowers.
Leaf: 20–50 mm, ± linear; lobes 3–5
Range: S Sierra Nevada, s San Joaquin Valley, Inner South Coast Ranges, Transverse Ranges, Mojave Desert
Habitat: Dry sagebrush scrub, pinyon woodland
Elevation: 300–2500 m.
Flowering time: Apr–Jun
Notes: Photographed May 30, 2009, San Gabriel Mtns, Chilao Flat, Los Angeles County, Calif. and June 6, 2009 San Gabriel Mtns., Lightning Ridge Nature Trail, Los Angeles County, Calif. An uncommon dicot, is a perennial herb. Like others in the Castilleja species, it is hemiparasitic — partially parasitic — but makes some of its own food. It is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California alone. It is included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 4.3 (limited distribution).
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