Castilleja species

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Scientific Name Castilleja occidentalis USDA PLANTS Symbol
CAOC4
Common Name Western Indian Paintbrush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
33073
Family Orobanchaceae (Broomrape) SW Colorado Wildflowers
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine to alpine; tundra.
Plant: Erect perennial to 8 inches tall, stems purplish and woody near base.
Leaves: Linear, alternate, up to 3 inches long with three distinctive lengthwise veins; upper leaves may have two small lobes at the side, near the (pointed) tip.
Inflorescence: Thin, inconspicuous green flower tubes surrounded by large, greenish-yellow bracts, which become purple from the base when mature; flowers have a protruding lower lip and a larger upper lip; bracts, stem and leaves covered with long white hairs.
References: Descr. adapted from "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and www.americansouthwest.net.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Castilleja sulphurea USDA PLANTS Symbol
CASU12
Common Name Sulphur Indian Paintbrush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
33083
Family Orobanchaceae (Broomrape) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine to alpine; meadows.
Plant: Erect perennial 10 to 22 inches tall, branched from base.
Leaves: Smooth alternate, lanceolate stem leaves tending to hug the stem, 3/4 to 2-1/3 inches long.
Inflorescence: Thin, inconspicuous green flower tubes surrounded by large, pale yellow bracts; flowers have a protruding lower lip and a larger upper lip; bracts.
Note: Often found with C. miniata and C. rhexifolia.
References: Descr. adapted from "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
Colorado Status
Native


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