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Castilleja elmeri
Elmer's paintbrush

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington from the Wenatchee Mountains and northward; south-central British Columbia to Kittitas County in Washington.

Habitat: Moist, open slopes at middle elevations to the subalpine.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial herb, the stems clustered, erect or ascending from a woody base, 1.5-3 dm. tall, usually unbranched, viscid-villous.


Leaves alternate, linear-lanceolate, usually entire, viscid-puberulent; bracts broader than the leaves, oblong-ovate, viscid-villous, usually entire and rounded.


Inflorescence showy, crimson to yellow, with intermediate colors not uncommon; calyx 15-25 mm. long, equally cleft above and below, its primary lobes again divided into 2 blunt segments; corolla 20-30 mm. long, the upper lip nearly as long as the tube and 4-5 times as long as the dark green, thickened, lower lip; stamens 4; ovary superior.



Accepted Name:
Castilleja elmeri Fernald
Publication: Erythea 6(5): 51. 1898.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Castilleja angustifolia (Nutt.) G. Don var. whitedii Piper
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Castilleja elmeri in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Castilleja elmeri checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Castilleja elmeri information.

E-Flora BC: Castilleja elmeri atlas page.

CalPhotos: Castilleja elmeri photos.

USDA Plants: Castilleja elmeri information.

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