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Cordylanthus capitatus
Yakima bird's-beak
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: East of the Cascade crest in Washington; Idaho and Montana south to California and Nevada.

Habitat: Dry, open woods and hillsides, often with sagebrush, moderate to mid-elevations.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Annual, the stems 1-6 dm. tall, usually branched, the herbage spreading-hairy, many of the hairs gland-tipped.

Leaves:

Leaves alternate, all cauline, 1-5 cm. long, linear, those of the branches entire.

Flowers:

Flowers in tight clusters of 2-5 terminating the branches, subtended by trifid bracts which resemble the foliage leaves; calyx purplish, cleft to the base into 2 segments, the lower segment several nerved, 1-1.5 cm. long; the upper segment shorter, 2-nerved, bifid, the teeth 2-5 mm. long; corolla purplish, bi-labiate, the upper lip hooded and enclosing the 2 stamens, the lower about equal length, with 3 short lobes.

Fruits:

Few-seeded capsule.

Accepted Name:
Cordylanthus capitatus Nutt. ex Benth.
Publication: Prodr. 10: 597. 1846.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Cordylanthus capitatus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Cordylanthus capitatus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Cordylanthus capitatus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Cordylanthus capitatus photos.

USDA Plants: Cordylanthus capitatus information.

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