Castilleja applegatei var. pinetorum
Synonyms: Castilleja applegatei var. fragilis, Castilleja applegatei ssp. pinetorum, Castilleja pinetorum, Castilleja wherryana
A mass of wavy-leaf paintbrush in bloom on slopes surrounding Calamity Lookout, Malheur National Forest...........July 18, 2010.
Applegate's paintbrush is also known as wavy-leaved paintbrush. It is an attractive perennial wildflower with small clusters of ascending to upright stems from 25-60 cm in height. The herbage is covered with gland-tipped hairs. The stems are few- to many-branched with linear and entire lower leaves, the upper leaves frequently broader with a pair of lateral lobes. The leaves are linear to lanceolate in shape, measuring 1.5-4.5 cm long. The leaf margins are conspicuously wavy-margined .
The colors of the glandular inflorescence range from bright red, orange, to yellow. The bracts are as long as , or longer than the flowers, and generally have 1-2 pairs of spreading lateral segments. The calyx is 16-24 mm long the upper surface more deeply cleft (5-12 mm) than the lower surface (4-11 mm). The lateral calyx lobes are 4-5 mm long and ovate in shape wtih rounded tips. The corolla is 18-30 mm long, the slightly curved galea measuring from 10-18 mm long and thus about half the length of the corolla. The lower lip is much reduced in size with incurved teeth
This is a fairly easy paintbrush to identify due to the wavy margins.
Wavy-leaved paintbrush is interspersed with sagebrush on dry mountain slopes and summits from medium to high elevation.
Wavy-leaved paintbrush may be found from southeastern Oregon south to central California (east of the Sierra Nevada), east through Idaho to Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.