Castilleja caudata (Pennell) Rebr.
Port Clarence Indian Paintbrush, Port Clarence Indian-paintbrush, Pale Indian Paintbrush
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: CACA20
This species has a few to several, erect, often branched stems up to 16 in. long. Leaves, the lower narrowly lanceolate, the upper with a distinct, long, tail-like tip, are finely hairy below. The showy part of the inflorescence are the hairy, greenish-yellow bracts.
Roots grow until they touch the roots of other plants, frequently grasses, then penetrate the roots of these host plants, obtaining a portion of their nutrients. Transplanting paintbrush usually kills it.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 22 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Native Distribution: Most of AK except the s. coast, into the Yukon
Native Habitat: Stream banks; lake shores; tundra; mt. meadows
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Roots grow until they touch the roots of other plants, frequently grasses, then penetrate the roots of these host plants, obtaining a portion of their nutrients. Transplanting paintbrush usually kills it.
Web ReferenceWebref 61 - Alaska Wildflowers (2020)
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Castilleja caudata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Castilleja caudata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Castilleja caudata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-28
Research By: TWC Staff