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<i>Desert Paintbrush</i>

Desert Paintbrush

You said you wanted flowers? I found this fragile beauty when I was poking around in the Calico Hills of Red Rock Canyon NCA in southern Nevada. I'm going to assume it's one of the many species of Indian Paintbrush that grow in the Mojave Desert. It was small and bright, growing at approximately 5,000' on a south-facing slope at the base of a sandstone outcrop. It was growing next to an agave that evidently had been chewed upon by animals. There was water present in the area. (March 16, 2008) The leaves were small and hard to make out, but the ones I saw were green and had a "wavy" appearance.
on Apr 25, 2008 5:39 pm
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donhaller3 - Jul 20, 2008 1:12 pm - Voted 10/10

Very late reply.

We cannot figure it out. Our experience and print resources are almost all from more northern reaches. I kept procrastinating on the reply hoping to come up with something better than that.

Maybe Anya Jingle?

Maybe posting here:



lcarreau - Jul 20, 2008 2:00 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Very late reply.

Thanks, Don! I wish I could spend more time in
the northern reaches, but the desert always
holds its own brand of beauty. Have a great


Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Jul 20, 2008 4:27 pm - Voted 10/10

Definitely Paintbrush

In my opinion this is Desert Paintbrush (Castilleja chromosa).


lcarreau - Jul 20, 2008 6:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Definitely Paintbrush

Thanks for your response, Anya!

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