Castilleja attenuata (A.Gray) T.I.Chuang & Heckard

Indian Paintbrush

Syst. Bot. 16: 656 (1991) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect annual to c. 40 cm high; stems usually unbranched, occasionally few branched, green to reddish, hirsute. Leaves narrowly linear-lanceolate, upper leaves with a pair of lobes, 2–6 cm long; lobes filiform, canescent. Inflorescence a dense, narrow green and white spike; bracts 15–20 mm long, divided into 3 linear to narrow-lanceolate lobes, mostly herbaceous, sometimes purplish or white at tip; calyx 20–23 mm long, with 4 filiform, equal lobes, white at tip; corolla 10–25 mm long, dull white, sometimes yellow or purple-tinged, purple spotted on lower lip, teeth of lower lip almost as long as saccate portion of corolla tube, beak of upper lip exceeding lower lip, c. 3 mm long, straight, hispid with clear hairs. Capsule ellipsoid, 6–10 mm long; seeds ovoid to ellipsoid in a loose-fitting coat. In Victoria recorded flowering in October.

*Gold, *VVP. Native to the western U.S.A. Naturalised in Victoria in box-ironbark woodlands in central Victoria from Maryborough to around Bendigo.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-03-22
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-08
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Orobanchaceae
genus Castilleja
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Castilleja attenuata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Castilleja attenuata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised

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