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Orthocarpus bracteosus
rosy owl-clover

Distribution: In Washington from the east base of the Cascades westward; southern British Columbia south to northern California.

Habitat: Meadows at low elevations.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)


Slender annual, the stem 1-4 dm. tall, simple or branched above; herbage pubescent throughout, with longer hairs in the inflorescence.


Leaves alternate, wholly cauline, narrow, 1.5-3.5 cm. long, the lower entire, the upper trifid and passing into the broader, divergently tri-lobed bracts of the inflorescence.


Inflorescence a dense, bracteate spike, becoming elongate; calyx 2-cleft, with bifid segments; corolla 12-20 mm. long, purplish-pink, bilabiate, gradually expanded to the inflated, toothless lower lip; upper lip hooded, enclosing the 4 stamens, short and broad, only slightly longer than the lower lip.



Accepted Name:
Orthocarpus bracteosus Benth.
Publication: Scroph. Ind. 13. 1835.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Orthocarpus bracteosus Benth. var. albus D.D. Keck
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Orthocarpus bracteosus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Orthocarpus bracteosus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Orthocarpus bracteosus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Orthocarpus bracteosus photos.

USDA Plants: Orthocarpus bracteosus information.

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