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Cordylanthus capitatus
Yakima bird's-beak

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, east to Idaho and Nevada.

Habitat: Dry, open woods and ridgelines from sagebrush desert to subalpine.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bees, flies, wasps


Annual, the stems 1-6 dm. tall, usually branched, the herbage spreading-hairy, many of the hairs gland-tipped.


Leaves alternate, all cauline, 1-5 cm. long, linear, those of the branches entire.


Flowers in tight clusters of 2-5 terminating the branches, subtended by trifid bracts which resemble the foliage leaves; calyx purplish, cleft to the base into 2 segments, the lower segment several nerved, 1-1.5 cm. long; the upper segment shorter, 2-nerved, bifid, the teeth 2-5 mm. long; corolla purplish, bi-labiate, the upper lip hooded and enclosing the 2 stamens, the lower about equal length, with 3 short lobes.


Few-seeded capsule.

Accepted Name:
Cordylanthus capitatus Nutt. ex Benth.
Publication: Prodr. 10: 597. 1846.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cordylanthus capitatus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Cordylanthus capitatus checklist entry

OregonFlora: Cordylanthus capitatus information

E-Flora BC: Cordylanthus capitatus atlas page

CalPhotos: Cordylanthus capitatus photos

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