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 Subalpine to alpine life zones, tundra; erect perennial to 8 inches tall, stems purplish, and woody near base; unstalked leaves broader near base with three distinctive lengthwise veins, upper leaves may have two small lobes at the side, near the (pointed) tip; thin, inconspicuous green flower tubes surrounded by large, yellowish green 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. Descr. excerpts from 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 Subalpine to alpine life zones, meadows; erect perennial to 15 inches tall, branched from base; smooth, lance-shaped leaves, sometimes broadly laneolate, tend to hug the stem; lemon-yellow bracts provide color surrounding thin, tubular flowers. Species is very similar to C. occidentalis. Colorado Status
Native


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