10 responses to “Castilleja victoriae”

  1. Therese Romer

    How interesting ! As so often. THANK YOU

  2. Quin Ellis

    Delicate existence, lovely little flower, glad for its guardians!!!!

  3. Richard Jones

    Many of the Orobanchaceae are parasitic, either holoparasitic or hemiparasitic (fully or partially parasitic). Is this true of this plant???

  4. Paddy Wales

    So cool to read about a recently “discovered” plant – even though it has been hiding apparently in full sight of many walkers. Thank you.

  5. Mark Egger

    Daniel: Thanks for drawing attention to our great little species! Nice photos, too.

    Richard Jones: C. victoriae, like all Castilleja species, are presumed to be hemiparasites. In fact, I believe that all the genera that were formerly Scrophulariaceae but were moved into the Orobanchaceae are hemiparasites. Daniel, please correct me if I’m wrong about that.

  6. Pat Collins

    So the first identification was a bit tenuous and the second a bit ambiguous but the third was victorious.

    The original paper describing the new species is available online at JSTOR. Free access but you have to register, then you get three papers at a time that you can look at. You can only replace some of those three after a 13 day wait. Still useful for many papers not more widely available.


    It is presumed to be hemiparasitic but no one species was found associated with the plants, suggesting it is, like most other species of Castilleja, not fussy about the host.

    The name does not just commemorate the town of Victoria but also a lady called Victoria Zessin, who from the dedication given had a tragically short life. Hence Victoria’s Owl Clover rather than Victoria or Victorian Owl Clover.

  7. Pat Collins

    You don’t need to register with JSTOR after all, I have just noticed that the marvellous Biodiversity Heritage Library has the Fairbarns and Egger paper for free access online:


  8. Robert Roggeveen

    A really quite remarkable article. So many thanks. It well tells the tale of the importance of close observation even in what may seem already well-combed environments. Oh to be well enough schooled in observation to discover a yet-to-be discovered plant here in Connecticut! Thank you.

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