Orange bract tips. San Juan Loop Trail, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA. 7-18-10. © Joan Avise

Lesser Indian Paintbrush
(California Threadtorch)

Castilleja minor ssp. spiralis

Annual, slender and erect with long reddish or orange-tipped bracts.  Common in grassy areas along seeps and seasonal streams in Santa Ana Mountains, and Dripping Springs in Limestone Canyon.

Orobanchaceae

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Yellow corolla. San Juan Loop Trail, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA. 7-18-10. © Joan Avise

Beside stream in grassy area, San Juan Loop Trail, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA. 7-18-10. © Joan Avise

Long narrow tapered orange-red bract tips. San Juan Loop Trail, Cleveland National Forest, Riverside Co., CA. 7-18-10. © Joan Avise

Hairy lanceolate entire leaves; beside stream, Tenaja Falls Trail, San Mateo Wilderness, Riverside Co., CA. 7-4-11. © Joan Avise

Hot Springs Cyn, lower 4 mi., 4-25-13. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Hot Springs Cyn, lower 4 mi., 4-25-13. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Hot Springs Cyn, lower 4 mi., 4-25-13. © Ron Vanderhoff.

Hot Springs Cyn, lower 4 mi., 4-25-13. © Ron Vanderhoff.