Castilleja sulphurea

(Sulphur Indian Paintbrush)

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Castilleja sulphurea, FR679, Ophir Pass Road, San Juan Co. 8384

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Castilleja sulphurea, FR679, Ophir Pass Road, San Juan Co. 8388

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Castilleja sulphurea, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7349

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Castilleja sulphurea, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7294

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Castilleja sulphurea, Mayflower Gulch, Summit Co. 7292

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Castilleja occidentalis, Black Powder Pass, Summit Co. 4255

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Castilleja sulphurea, FR679, Ophir Pass Road, San Juan Co. 8386

Scientific Name Castilleja sulphurea (Castilleja septentrionalis) USDA PLANTS Symbol CASU12
Common Name Sulphur Indian Paintbrush ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 33083
Family Orobanchaceae (Broomrape) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine to alpine (6400 to 11500 ft.); forests, streamsides and meadows.
Plant: Erect semi-parasitic perennial with few to several stems 10 to 22 inches tall; may be branched above; and red to maroon.
Leaves: Smooth alternate, lanceolate to almost linear stem leaves 3/4 to 2-1/3 inches long; tinged maroon, prominently veined.
Inflorescence: Thin, inconspicuous green flower tubes surrounded by large, pale yellow bracts; flowers have a protruding lower lip and a larger upper lip.
Note: Often found with C. miniata and C. rhexifolia.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SW Colorado Wildflowers and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map


Castilleja septentrionalis
Map Color Key
Colorado Status:
Native

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