Greater Red Indian Paintbrush - Castilleja crista-galli
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An uncommon species in Montana, where it is known from mountainous areas of the southwest and south-central portions of the state. Appears to be common and widespread enough that its viability is not at risk in the state.
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Perennial. Stems erect, simple, 20–50 cm. Herbage puberulent. Leaves 2–7 cm long, linear to linear-lanceolate, the upper with 1 pair of linear lobes. Inflorescence glandular-puberulent, villous; bracts bright red, lanceolate with 1 or 2 pairs of lateral lobes. Flowers: calyx 20–28 mm long, primary clefts deeper in front than in back, lobes acute to acuminate, 3–8 mm long; corolla 26–36 mm long, galea 10–13 mm long, lower lip green, minute (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
Regional endemic of northwest WY, southwest MT, and northeast ID.
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Meadows and grasslands in the montane and subalpine zones up to alpine turf.
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- Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.