Castilleja applegatei Fern. ssp. martinii (Abrams)
Chuang & Heckard

Martin's Paintbrush
Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)


Martin's paintbrush is a perennial from a woody root and suffrutescent base that grows to 30" tall.  It has glandular pubescent stems and alternate lanceolate leaves with crisped margins.  The flowers are in terminal clusters and have scarlet-tipped calyces and a two-lipped corolla, and are subtended by 3-lobed, scarlet-tipped bracts.  This species of indian paintbrush grows on dry rocky slopes, open pine forest and sagebrush scrub to about 8000', and blooms from May to September.  It may be found from San Diego Co. through the San Gabriels to Kern Co. and Mt. Pinos.  This picture was taken along the Angeles Crest Highway west of Vincent Gap.

Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Castilleja 2) applegatei 3) martinii.
Pronunciation: kas-til-AY-ha ap-el-GATE-ee-eye mar-TEEN-ee-eye.
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