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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Indian Paintbrush


Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa)

        The Indian Paintbrush, located in the eastern half of the U.S., are found in open fields and along highways. From a distance they may be seen as patches of red in a sea of green. This species has a relatively short blooming season, blooming from late spring into early summer.
        The flowers are a beautiful red color turning to green at the stem. Another less common species, Castilleja citrina, has yellow flowers.
        Most of the color of the plant is not actually the flower but modified leafs call bracts. These bracts are red, becoming green toward the stem. The shape and color of the upper part resembles a paintbrush dipped in red paint thus the common name Indian Paintbrush.
        The roots of this plant are parasitic, feeding on the roots of other species.

1 comment:

Louanna said...

Good for people to know.