Monday, December 14, 2009

Castilleja applegatei

Wavyleaf indian paintbrush - Castilleja applegatei - Scrophulariaceae
Found in the higher elevations and rock canyons of the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountains, C. applegatei is a showy plant with a striking red flower.

These plants are usually found in dry open forests and scrub, particularly rocky areas.

One of the lesser known traits of this plant, and all members of its genus, is that it is a facultative, root, hemiparasite. As a facultative parasite, they are capable of surviving without a host, but grow best with a host, which are typically grasses and forbs.

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