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Castilleja wightii

Higher Taxonomy
Family: OrobanchaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, shrub; often glandular; root-parasites, roots modified into absorptive structures. Stem: generally round in ×-section. Leaf: generally simple, generally alternate, reduced to +- fleshy scales in non-green plants lacking chlorophyll; stipules generally 0. Inflorescence: spike to panicle, generally bracted, or flowers 1--2 in axils. Flower: bisexual; calyx lobes 0--5; corolla generally strongly bilateral, generally 2-lipped (upper lip generally 2-lobed, lower lip generally 3-lobed), abaxial lobes outside other lobes in bud; stamens epipetalous, 4 in 2 pairs (sometimes 1 pair sterile), additional staminode 0(1), anther sacs unequal; ovary superior, chambers 1--2, placentas 2--4, parietal, style 1, stigma lobes 0 or 2. Fruit: capsule, generally +- ovoid, loculicidal, valves 2--4. Seed: many, small, angled; surface smooth or netted.
Genera In Family: 99 genera, 2060 species: worldwide, especially northern temperate and Africa. Note: High yield losses in many crops caused by Orobanche species in Africa, Mediterranean, Middle East, and eastern Europe.
eFlora Treatment Author: Margriet Wetherwax, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Robert Patterson, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: CastillejaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to subshrub, green. Leaf: sessile, entire to dissected. Inflorescence: spike-like; bracts becoming shorter, wider, more lobed than leaves, mature tips generally cream to red or green. Flower: calyx unequally 4-lobed, colored like bract tips; corolla upper 2 lip lobes fused, beak-like, tip open, lower lip reduced, 3-toothed to -pouched; stamens 4, anther sacs 2, unequal; stigma entire to 2-lobed, generally exserted. Fruit: +- asymmetric. Seed: generally +- brown, attached at base; coat netted, net-like walls ladder-like or not.
Species In Genus: +- 200 species: especially western North America. Etymology: (Domingo Castillejo, Spanish botanist, 1744--1793) Note: Hybridization and polyploidy common. Biologically consistent taxa difficult to define. Castilleja chrymactis Pennell not in California, sole (1947) record a misidentified, incomplete specimen.
eFlora Treatment Author: Margriet Wetherwax, T.I. Chuang & Lawrence R. Heckard

Castilleja wightii Elmer
Habit: Perennial herb 30--80 cm, much-branched proximal to inflorescence, (yellow-)green tinged +- purple, densely long-bristly and glandular-sticky, hairs simple. Stem: short, leafy axillary shoots present, many, proximal to inflorescence. Leaf: 20--60 mm, generally crowded, lanceolate to +- ovate; lobes 0--3. Inflorescence: 5--20 cm; bracts 10--25 mm, lobes 3, bright red to yellow. Flower: calyx 15--28 mm, divided 1/3--1/2 abaxially and adaxially, 1/8--1/4 on sides, lobes acute or rounded; corolla 20--30 mm, beak 1--2 × tube, adaxially shaggy-hairy, margins +- red to +- yellow, lower lip 2 mm, dark green, included; stigma slightly 2-lobed. Fruit: 10--15 mm. Seed: 2 mm; coat deeply netted, most walls ladder-like. Chromosomes: 2n=24,48.
Ecology: Coastal scrub; Elevation: < 300 m. Bioregional Distribution: c&s NCo, n CCo, SnFrB. Flowering Time: Mar--Aug
eFlora Treatment Author: Margriet Wetherwax, T.I. Chuang & Lawrence R. Heckard
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Citation for this treatment: Margriet Wetherwax, T.I. Chuang & Lawrence R. Heckard 2016. Castilleja wightii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 04, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 04, 2016.

Castilleja wightii
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Castilleja wightii
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Geographic subdivisions for Castilleja wightii:
c&s NCo, n CCo, SnFrB.
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