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Castilleja scbrida variety scabrida

Castilleja scbrida variety scabrida

Castilleja scabrida variety scabrida. (Eastwood's Paintbrush) 
Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Semi-desert, foothills. Canyons, sands. Spring.
Colorado National Monument, May 11, 2012.

Castilleja scbrida variety scabrida

Castilleja scabrida variety scabrida. (Eastwood's Paintbrush) 
(Eastwood's Paintbrush) 
Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Semi-desert, foothills. Canyons, sands. Spring. Colorado National Monument, May 11, 2012.

Castilleja scabrida grows from 3 to 8 inches tall and often spreads itself along the ground. Hairs are abundant and often reflexed (bent backward) giving the plant a very rough feel ("scabrous"). Stems are commonly purple, devoid of chlorophyll. The plant is typically found on sandy soils in the Pinyon/Juniper zone.

The genus name, "Castilleja", honors Domingo Castillejo (1744-1793), Spanish botanist and Professor of Botany in Cadiz, Spain.  In the late 1770s Jose Celestino Mutis (who was born in Cadiz, Spain but spent most of his life in Columbia) named a new Columbian genus "Castilleja" to honor his countryman.  He sent the new species and name to Linnaeus' son who published the information in Supplementum Plantarum in 1781.  (More biographical information about Castillejo).

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

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Castilleja scbrida

Range map for Castilleja scabrida