Castilleja schizotricha

Today’s images are from one of my favourite haunts (the Siskiyous), and contributed by foliosus@Flickr aka Brent Miller of Portland, Oregon: original image 1 | original image 2 | Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool. Thank you.

Splithair Indian paintbrush is endemic to the Klamath Mountains of southwest Oregon and northwest California. It is a high-elevation species (1500m-2300m (4900ft.-7550ft.), preferring soils of decomposed granite or marble. The species was first described in 1912 by Jesse Greenman.

CalPhotos has additional photographs of Castilleja schizotricha.

Castilleja schizotricha
Castilleja schizotricha

8 responses to “Castilleja schizotricha”

  1. Brent Miller

    Thanks for featuring my photos! These are really amazing-looking plants!

  2. Melissa in South Carolina

    Makes me want to head to the hills! Amazing how these purple beauties have adapted to thrive in high altitudes, growing in decomposed granite and marble. Thanks for the great photos, Brent.

  3. Adiantum

    That is one funky looking Castilleja. Nature is amazing.

  4. elizabeth a airhart

    fine pictures thank you
    i live in florida just a short drive up from sarasota
    tropical storm issac is on the way and i just might
    need me a mountain come monday

  5. Iris Lefleur

    My oh my- how nature proves to be the best garden designer of them all!
    Elizabeth I do not recommend going to the mountains for a hurricane! The vertical flow of water is quite devastating as we found out in Vermont last year. Best of Luck

  6. Eleanor ryan

    Given the name Orobancheacea this lovely paint brush must have parasitic life style, perhaps more dependent than most Castillijas. What is the meaning of the species name: schizotricha? Splitting into three parts? This is Oregon territory perhaps next year we can find this beautful paintbrush. Thank you.

  7. Brent Miller

    @Eleanor: “schizotricha” means “split hairs.” If you look at the plants up close the wolly look is due to the hairs forking, which is a rare thing in the Castillejas.

  8. Alex Jablanczy

    The mountains make you free mountain man. Or woman.
    Obviously she means low land floods which first hit low lying lands.
    As in Netherlands most of which is below you know what.
    A good part of Cajun land is below sea level or at any rate river level.
    Very few tsunamis bury mountains.

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