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Orthocarpus imbricatus
mountain owl-clover

Distribution: Olympic Mountains and Cascades of Washington; British Columbia south to Oregon and California.

Habitat: Fairly dry meadows and rocky slopes, mid- to high elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Slender annual, the stem 1-3.5 dm. tall, simple or more commonly branched above; herbage sub-glabrous.


Leaves alternate, all cauline, entire, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 1-4 cm. long; bracts abruptly differentiated from the leaves, shorter, broader and blunter, occasionally with a pair of lateral lobes below the middle, the upper ones pink-purple.


Inflorescence a dense, showy spike; calyx 2-cleft, with bifid segments; corolla 10-13 mm. long, purplish, bilabiate, mostly covered by the bracts, the lower lip somewhat inflated, with 3 inconspicuous, short teeth; upper lip hooded, enclosing the 4 stamens, about 1 mm. longer than the lower lip.



Accepted Name:
Orthocarpus imbricatus Torr. ex S. Watson
Publication: Botany Fortieth Parallel 458. 1871.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Orthocarpus imbricatus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Orthocarpus imbricatus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Orthocarpus imbricatus photos.

USDA Plants: Orthocarpus imbricatus information.

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