Purple Owl's Clover
Castilleja exserta ssp. venusta
Color: Magenta, purple
Latin name: Castilleja exserta ssp. venusta
Height: 4-18 inches tall.
Description: Corolla pouch orange-tipped which distinguishes this sub-species from ssp. exerta. (see picture below) Like others in the genus, this is a hemi-parasitic plant. The flower is tube-shaped and somewhat hidden in the colourful bracts which give the appearance of being a flower.
Leaf: 10–50 mm; lobes 5–9, ± thread-like.
Range: w Mojave Desert
Habitat: Dry sand, washes, Joshua Tree woodland Creosote Bush scrub.
Elevation: 600–900 m.
Flowering time: Mar-May
Notes: Photographed May 2, 2005, Black Canyon north of Barstow, San Bernardino County, Calif. A dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California alone. Like others in the Castilleja species, it is hemiparasitic — partially parasitic — but makes some of its own food, Also photographed at Red Rock Canyon State Park, Kern County, Calif.
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