Indian warrior is a stout, erect, several-stemmed,
pubescent perennial with flowers in a dense spike-like raceme subtended
by red, leafy bracts, the calyces deep-red and hispid, the corollas
deep-red to purple and glabrous to minutely hairy, the galea or upper
lip to four times as long as the lower. The oblong to lanceolate leaves
are mostly basal with some alternate on the stem, twice-pinnatifid into
many narrow dentate or laciniate lobes. Indian warrior is partially
parasitic, blooms from January to June, and occupies dry slopes below
about 6000' in isolated colonies often in the shade of other shrubs
such as chamise. It may be found from San Diego Co. north in chaparral,
foothill woodland and yellow pine forest, and will be particularly abundant
in wet years.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Pedicularis
Pronunciation: ped-IK-yoo-lare-is den-si-FLOR-a.
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