Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Castilleja lanata Gray
(Wooly Indian Paintbrush)

Family: Orobanchaceae, formerly Scrophulariaceae

Status: Native


Castilleja lanata is densely tomentose. The upper leaves are cleft to form three lobes, the lower leaves are not. The floral bracts are red at the apex. Castilleja lanata is found at lower elevations in the Gila National Forest, while Castilleja integra is the most common middle elevation species, and Castilleja austromontana is the upper elevation species.
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Castilleja lanata, photo Russ Kleinman & Richard Felger, Burro Mtns., Engineer Canyon, Apr. 12, 2008

Castilleja lanata, detail of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Engineer Canyon, March 28, 2009

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