Desert Indian Paintbrush

Vickie Emms

Anola, MB., Canada

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Photographed in the Mojave Desert, Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Canon EOS 60D; 18-200mm Canon lens

April 22/12

Color: Red-orange
Common name: Desert Indian Paintbrush
Latin name: Castilleja chromosa or angustifolia
Family: OROBANCHACEAE
Height: 12 to 18 inches

Description: Castilleja chromosa/angustifolia has bristly gray-green to purple-red herbage. What looks to be flowers are actually the colourful red-orange bracts that hide the tubular yellow-green flowers that have a thin coat of white hairs.
Leaf: The 20–70 mm linear/lance-shaped leaves are lower down the stem from the colourful bracts and are comprised of 3 or 5 narrow fingerlike lobes.
Range: ne San Bernardino Mountains, Great Basin Floristic Province, Mojave Desert altho I found mine in April
Habitat: Dry sagebrush scrub, pinyon/juniper woodland
Elevation: 1000–3000 m.
Flowering time: May–Sep

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