|Scientific Name||Castilleja integra||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CAIN14|
|Common Name||Wholeleaf Indian Paintbrush, Squawfeather||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||33131|
|Description|| Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (5100 to 10200 ft.); dry areas, sagebrush meadows, woodlands, etc.
Plant: Erect perennial 6 to 16 inches tall with clusters of unbranched, hairy stems.
Leaves: Alternate, stalkless, undivided blades linear to linear-lanceolate, 3/4 to 2-3/4 inches long; smooth edges, sometimes rolled-up; green to reddish-green; upper surfaces smooth, lower with matted, short woolly hairs.
Inflorescence: Dense spikes 1 to 4 inches long of several to many blossoms comprised of thin greenish tubes surrounded and enclosed by leaf-like colorful bracts, green at the bases becoming red-orange toward the tips; early the green, tubular flowers are almost completely hidden by the showy bracts that are longer than the flower, obovate, 3/4 to 1-1/2 inches long, hairy, and occasionally divided into 3 sharp lobes, the lateral lobes much smaller than the central lobe. Maturing flower tubes become more prominent.
Bloom Period: May to July.
References: SEINet and American Southwest and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
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