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Castilleja levisecta
golden paintbrush

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washngton; Vancouver Island to the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

Habitat: Meadows and prairies at low elevations.

Flowers: April-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, hummingbirds


Perennial, the stems several, unbranched, decumbent, 1-5 dm. tall, softly sticky-villous.


Leaves viscid-villous, the lower ones entire, linear-lanceolate, the upper ones oblong-ovate to oblong-obovate, with1-3 pairs of short, lateral lobes on the upper 1/3 of the blade.


Inflorescence straight and upright, becoming elongate, the flowers remote and hidden by the overlapping bracts; bracts about the width of the upper leaves, oblong, obtuse, puberulent, with 1-3 pairs of short, lateral lobes near the apex, golden yellow; calyx 15-18 mm. long, deeply cleft above and below, its primary lobes again divided into 2 linear segments; corolla 20-23 mm. long, the upper lip slender, about 3-4 times the length of the lower lip; stamens 4.



Accepted Name:
Castilleja levisecta Greenm.
Publication: Botanical Gazette 25(4): 268-269. 1898.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Castilleja levisecta checklist entry

OregonFlora: Castilleja levisecta information

E-Flora BC: Castilleja levisecta atlas page

CalPhotos: Castilleja levisecta photos

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