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Curved-beak Lousewort
Pedicularis contorta
About Curved-beak Lousewort (Pedicularis contorta) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Pedicularis contorta is a species of flowering plant in the broomrape family known by the common names coiled lousewort and curved-beak lousewort. It is native to western North America, including southwestern Canada and the northwestern United States, where it grows in moist mountainous habitat, such as bogs, shady forests, and meadows. It is a perennial herb producing one or more stems up to 40 centimetres (16 in) tall from a caudex. The leaves are up to 18 centimetres (7. 1 in) long, lance-shaped to oblong, and divided into many linear lobes which may be toothed or smooth-edged. The inflorescence is a raceme of flowers occupying the top of the stem. Each flower is a centimeter long or slightly longer, white to yellowish in color, and divided into a coiled or curved beak-like upper lip and a flat, three-lobed lower lip. The fruit is a capsule up to a centimeter long containing seeds with netted surfaces.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

1.3 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 3 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 39.7" - 97.0", Summer Precipitation: 1.33" - 3.62", Coldest Month: 31.5" - 41.7", Hottest Month: 49.9" - 66.0", Humidity: 2.00" - 18.23", Elevation: 2571" - 8142"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Coiled Lousewort

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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