A root parasite, attaching to the roots of other plants to obtain nutrients and water. This species can live without attaching to another plant but will parasitize if presented with the opportunity. It often parasitizes plants of the heath family, such as manzanita (Wikipedia).

Indian Warrior

Pedicularis densiflora

Bear canyon trail, south side of candy store, Ortega Highway, Riverside County, CA. 4-20-13. © Robert Gorman.

Native to California and Oregon.

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