Castilleja nana

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Weiser
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Castilleja nana

Castilleja nana grows in dry, rocky alpine habitat. From the Sierra Nevada range east through Nevada with a toe hold in western Utah. You find it growing at elevations of 6500'-12000' (2000-3700m) It stands about 6"-10" (15-25cm) tall.

http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=1721
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_egger_castilleja/sets/72157624362938442/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_egger_castilleja/sets/72157624362669902/

A couple of my photos.

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

John, do you grow this one?  It's a fine looking small species.  I checked out the links, and looked through a variety of color forms shown on CalPhotos, here are some more selected links.

CalPhotos:
http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/img_query?where-taxon=Castilleja+n...
...selected photos:
http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?enlarge=0000+0000+0707+1581
http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?enlarge=0000+0000+0707+1580
http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?enlarge=0000+0000+1102+0290

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Weiser
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Joined: 2009-12-04

Mark
The high elevation species usually bloom in August through September and I never seem to get up to their elevation in October when the seed needs to be gathered but I keep an eye out for it. It's on may list.

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/
John P Weiser

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Another really nice paintbrush!  The CalPhoto pix show quite a range of colours, too.  Identifying Castilleja in your area must be quite a challenge with all those species... (I find it baffling enough here with only 10 or so species and hybrids!)

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Weiser
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Joined: 2009-12-04

Lori
I find it to be a challenge no matter what I'm trying to ID. I found that the simplest way to ID a plant is to buddy up with a Botanist that knows the area. Now if you get two of them together it's best to wait until they hash things over and reach a conscience. ;) 

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sierrarainshadow/
John P Weiser

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Ha, great idea!  Now what reasonably willing and quick-footed botanist could I drag out on hikes with us? 
And, yes, your last observation applies equally well to expert geologists!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Joined: 2009-12-15

Well, one is enough even if he isn't a botanist either. I often can't agree with myself ;D

PS. I have just started gathering paintbrushes. Still waiting for the first flowers but I hope next summer. . . .

Can't forget the first paintbrush I ever saw - in a short-grass savannah-like meadow high up in Ecuador in October 2000! (Sorry, only oldfashioned slides)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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