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Desert Indian Paintbrush - Castilleja angustifolia
Other Names:  Castilleja chromosa

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:

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General Description
Stems erect, 8–35 cm, simple. Herbage puberulent to hispid. Leaves 1–5 cm long, linear to linear-lanceolate, the upper with 1 to 2 pairs of linear lobes. Inflorescence villous, sometimes glandular; bracts pink to red, lanceolate with 1 to 2 pairs of lateral lobes. Flowers: calyx 14–20 mm long, primary clefts slightly deeper adjacent to the galea than in front, lobes 1–4 mm long, rounded to obtuse; corolla 17–29 mm long, galea 6–12 mm long, lower lip minute (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are variety angustifolia.

Species Range

Range Comments
ID, MT south to NV, UT and WY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 48

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Open slopes and sagebrush grassland in the valley and foothill zones.

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P. and P.L. Achuff. 1992. Distribution of vascular plant species of special concern and limited distribution in the Pryor Mountain desert, Carbon County, Montana. Unpublished report to the Bureau of Land Management. Montana Natural Heritage Program, Helena, MT. 105 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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