Mojave Indian Paintbrush

Castilleja plagiotoma

Mojave Indian paintbrush

Color: Green

Common name: Mojave Indian paintbrush

Latin name: Castilleja plagiotoma

Family: OROBANCHACEAE

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).

Mojave Indian paintbrush


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