|Scientific Name||Castilleja indivisa||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CAIN13|
|Common Name||Texas Paintbrush, Indian Paintbrush||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||33064|
|Description||Habitat: Sandy or calcareous soils of open areas, prairies and roadsides; generally from Central Texas east.
Plant: Erect, clump-forming annual 8-18 inches tall with unbranched, hairy stems.
Leaves: Alternate, stalkless, linear to lanceolate, usually with entire margins or sometimes lobed near base; 1 to 4 inches long.
Inflorescence: Showy, comprising inconspicuous greenish-white tubular flowers with a corolla about 1 inch long and protruding style and stigma, surrounded by a colorful lobed calyx, usually red, but can be light yellow or rarely white; one rhombic to broadly oblanceolate, leaf-like, brightly-colored bract below; a few to several flower and bract combinations arranged in showy terminal spikes 3 to 8 inches long.
Bloom Period: March to May.
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and the Wildflower Center.
|BONAP Distribution Map
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Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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