[The Paintbrushes of Mt. Adams Country]

Magenta Paintbrush

Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola

Synonyms: Castilleja miniata var. alpina, Castilleja oreopola

Magenta Paintbrush: Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola (Synonyms: Castilleja miniata var. alpina, Castilleja oreopola)

Magenta paintbrush beginning to bloom amongst Arctic lupine (Lupinus arcticus) and partridgefoot (Luetkea pectinata) along the Killen Creek Trail #113 near its junction with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000, Mt. Adams Wilderness............August 29, 2012.

Inflorescence of Magenta Paintbrush: Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola (Synonyms: Castilleja miniata var. alpina, Castilleja oreopola)

The photo above shows a close-up of the inflorescence of magenta paintbrush as seen at Bird Creek Meadows..........July 16, 2006. The inflorescence ranges from magenta to purplish in color.

Flower parts of Magenta Paintbrush: Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola (Synonyms: Castilleja miniata var. alpina, Castilleja oreopola)

The photo above shows from top to bottom, the colorful bract that subtends each flower of magenta paintbrush, the flower at center with its colorful, lobed calyx and the tubular corolla extending beyond it, and a stem leaf with a pair of very slender lobes. Photographed along the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 at Killen Creek on the northern slopes of Mt. Adams.

Corolla and calyx tubes of Magenta Paintbrush: Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola (Synonyms: Castilleja miniata var. alpina, Castilleja oreopola)

The photo above shows a close-up of the tubular calyx of magenta paintbrush with one side with its 2 lobes removed. The creamy to greenish corolla is about 20-30 mm long with the beak-like galea extending from the lower lip up to 10-15 mm in length. The purplish cast to the calyx is more visible here than in the photo above. Photographed along the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 at Killen Creek on the northern slopes of Mt. Adams.

Magenta Paintbrush: Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola (Synonyms: Castilleja miniata var. alpina, Castilleja oreopola) - Magenta Paintbrush: Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola (Synonyms: Castilleja miniata var. alpina, Castilleja oreopola)

Magenta paintbrush (left) growing along the Round the Mountain Trail #9 about one mile west of the eastern Gifford Pinchot National Forest boundary.........July 19, 2009. The photo at right shows magenta paintbrush blooming at High Camp, north side of Mount Adams........August 12, 2016.

Magenta Paintbrush: Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola (Synonyms: Castilleja miniata var. alpina, Castilleja oreopola)

Magenta paintbrush blooming along the Round the Mountain Trail #9 about one half mile west of the parking area for Bird Creek Meadows, southeastern Mt. Adams...........August 8, 2012.

Magenta Paintbrush: Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola (Synonyms: Castilleja miniata var. alpina, Castilleja oreopola)

Magenta paintbrush as seen along Trail #100 in Bird Creek Meadows, Mount Adams.........August 1, 2014.

Magenta Paintbrush: Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola (Synonyms: Castilleja miniata var. alpina, Castilleja oreopola)

The photo above shows magenta paintbrush as seen next to wetlands near the eastern-most branch of Salt Creek, just below the Round the Mt. Trail #9 in the Mt. Adams Wilderness..........August 24, 2008.

Inflorescence of Magenta Paintbrush: Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola (Synonyms: Castilleja miniata var. alpina, Castilleja oreopola)

The photo above shows a close-up of the inflorescence of magenta paintbrush as seen at Bird Creek Meadows.........July 16, 2006.

Magenta Paintbrush: Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola (Synonyms: Castilleja miniata var. alpina, Castilleja oreopola)

Magenta paintbrush as seen along th Killen Creek Trail #113 near the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail..........August 10, 2016.

Magenta Paintbrush: Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola (Synonyms: Castilleja miniata var. alpina, Castilleja oreopola)

The photo above shows magenta paintbrush as seen at Bird Creek Meadows at the southwest corner of Mt. Adams.........September 1, 1996.

Paul Slichter