Desert indian paintbrush (formerly named Castilleja
angustifolia) is a gray-green few branched herbaceous perennial from
a woody root-crown with alternate, lanceolate leaves that sometimes
have 1-5 pairs of narrow, ± spreading lobes. The calyx
and leaflike bracts are scarlet-tipped. The corolla's upper lip
is about 1/2" long, sparsely pubescent, with wide reddish margins,
the lower lip is dark green and only 1/16" long, and the stigma
is 2-lobed. This species of paintbrush is commonly found on dry
and rocky slopes of the Mojave Desert in sagebrush and shadscale scrub,
joshua tree and pinyon-juniper woodland to 8000', and blooms from April
to August. These pictures were taken in Joshua Tree National Park.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Castilleja
Pronunciation: kas-til-AY-ha kro-MO-sa.
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Formerly Castilleja angustifolia.