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Castilleja mendocinensis

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About Mendocino Coast Paintbrush (Castilleja mendocinensis) Castilleja mendocinensis is a species of Indian paintbrush known by the common name Mendocino Coast Indian paintbrush. It is endemic to the coastline of Mendocino County, California, where it grows in coastal sage scrub habitat. It is also known from isolated occurrences in Humboldt County. Castilleja mendocinensis is a heavily branching, spreading perennial herb growing up to about 60 centimeters long. It is coated in bristles and light-colored rough hairs, giving it a gray-green color. The leaves are fleshy and rounded or oval in shape, and not more than about 2 centimeters long. The inflorescence is made up of layers of lobed bracts which are greenish at the base and tipped with shades of bright orange-red to red. Between the bracts emerge the hairy, tubular flowers which are greenish or yellowish and sometimes red-tinted. The fruit is a capsule up to 2 centimeters in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Annual herb

Flower Color
Orange, Green, Red

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1' - 2474'

Annual Precip. ?
35.7" - 66.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.66" - 1.48"

Coldest Month ?
43.5° F - 47.4° F

Hottest Month ?
56.6° F - 66.5° F

Humidity ?
0.01 vpd - 15.47 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Mendocino Coast Indian Paintbrush

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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