|Scientific Name||Castilleja integra||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CAIN14|
|Common Name||Wholeleaf Indian Paintbrush, Indian Paintbrush, Squawfeather||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||33131|
|Description||Habitat: Dry, gravelly soils of flats, canyons and hillsides in far West Texas and Big Bend areas and north.
Plant: Erect perennial 4 to 20 inches tall with one to several unbranched stems covered with white woolly hairs.
Leaves: Alternate, undivided stem leaves with linear to linear-lanceolate reddish-green blades, 3/4 to 2-3/4 inches long, with entire, curled edges; upper surfaces smooth, lower hairy.
Inflorescence: A few to several flower and bract combinations arranged in showy, dense terminal spikes 3/4 to 4 inches long; flowers comprised of petals fused into a two-lipped, dark to light green corolla tube 1 to 1-3/4 inches long protruding beyond the surrounding, showy scarlet to red-orange calyx; calyx 3/4 to 1-3/8-inches long, divided into 4 unequal segments; each flower subtended by a showy bract the same color as the calyx lobes, longer than the flower (3/4 to 1-5/8 inches long), obovate, hairy, and usually entire but occasionally divided into 3 acute lobes, the side lobes much smaller than the central lobe.
Bloom Period: April to October.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
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