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Castilleja suksdorfii
Suksdorf's paintbrush

Distribution: In Washington chiefly in the Cascades from Mt. Adams south, occasionally north to Whatcom County; south to Crater Lake, Oregon.

Habitat: Subalpine meadows and forests along streams and wet areas.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, hummingbirds


Perennial, the stems erect, solitary, 3-5 dm. tall, from a slender, creeping base, unbranched, glabrate to obscurely villous, to more or less hispid.


Leaves alternate, usually glabrous, sometimes all entire and linear-lanceolate, but usually a few upper ones with 1-2 pairs of lateral lobes, these much narrower than the mid-blade.


Inflorescence showy, short and thick, but later elongating, the bracts and calyces with a yellow band below the red tips; bracts villous, rather broad, 5-parted, shorter than the flowers; calyx 20-30 mm. long, deeply cleft above and below, its primary lobes again divided into two linear, acute segments 8-12 mm. long; corolla 30-50 mm. long, the upper lip about the length of the tube and many times longer than the dark green, thickened, lower lip; stamens 4.



Accepted Name:
Castilleja suksdorfii A. Gray
Publication: Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 22(2): 311. 1887.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Castilleja suksdorfii checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Castilleja suksdorfii information.

E-Flora BC: Castilleja suksdorfii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Castilleja suksdorfii photos.

USDA Plants: Castilleja suksdorfii information.

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