Castilleja exserta ssp. exserta
Color: Magenta, pale purple
Latin name: Castilleja exserta ssp. exserta
Height: 4-18 inches tall.
Description: Inflorescence: upper bracts generally < 5 mm wide, coloured like the bracts, tipped white, pale yellow, or purplish red which distinguishes it from the more uncommon ssp. venustus. Like others in the genus, this is a hemi-parasitic plant. The flower is tube-shaped and somewhat hidden in the colorful bracts which give the appearance of being a flower.
Leaf: 10–50 mm; lobes 5–9, ± thread-like.
Range: Northwestern California, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Great Central Valley, Central Western California, Southwestern California, w Mojave Desert.
Habitat: Open fields, grassland.
Elevation: < 1600 m.
Flowering time: Mar–May
Notes: A dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. Like others in the Castilleja species, it is hemiparasitic — partially parasitic — but makes some of its own food.
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