Castilleja linariifolia Benth.
Castilleja linearis Rydb.
Castilleja linariifolia Benth. var. omnipubescens (Pennell) Clokey
Castilleja trainii Edwin
Wyoming Indian paintbrush, narrow-leaved Indian paintbrush, Wyoming paintbrush, linaria-leaved Indian paintbrush
As with many other members of the Castilleja genus, Wyoming Indian paintbrush, the state flower of Wyoming, is native to several states in western North America. If you’re interested in Castillejas, don’t miss Mark Egger’s superb photographic compilation on Flickr. They appear from April to October. See also this Castilleja comparison table.
Identification: Plants are 12-40' (3.7-12 m) tall, and often branched. (Plants sometimes approach 6½' (2 m) in height.) Initially grayish-green, stems and leaves become tinged with purple over time. Leaves are linear, long and narrow, usually entire (undivided), though sometimes upper leaves are lobed. They are often curled, appearing almost tubelike. Flowerheads are ⅞-2" (2.5-5.2 cm) in size. Bright red bracts (modified leaves) about 1¼" (3.4 cm) long mostly hide drab yellow-greenish flowers within. Flowers appear from May to October. Fruits are two-chambered capsules.
Castilleja linariifolia at Mark Egger’s Castilleja site on Flickr
Castilleja linariifolia on Turner Photographics' Wildflowers site
Castilleja linariifolia on CalPhotos
Castilleja linariifolia on the USDA Plants Database
Castilleja linariifolia on Wildflowers, Ferns & Trees of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah
Castilleja linariifolia at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Castilleja linariifolia on Wikipedia
Castilleja linariifolia description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.