Zoinks! I Found Tiburon Paintbrush

I’ve been looking for this endangered wildflower ever since Megan pointed out its cousin to me…the Coast Indian Paintbrush.  Botanically, Tiburon Paintbrush is known as Castilleja affinis subspecies neglecta and grows along the Pacific west coast.

 

Tiburon Indian Paintbrush - Castilleja affinis subspecies neglecta

Tiburon Indian Paintbrush – Castilleja affinis subspecies neglecta

 

After leaving the dead whale site, it was getting dark and we were heading back up the trail towards the car. To my amazement, there was a Tiburon Indian Paintbrush growing in the wild.  After spotting this first guy, Megan found a couple more growing around the area.

 

Tiburon Paintbrush - Castilleja affinis spp neglecta

Tiburon Paintbrush – Castilleja affinis spp neglecta

 

The Tiburon Paintbrush is a subspecies of the Castilleja affinis (Coast Indian Paintbrush).  The main difference between the two is the color…Tiburon Paintbrush has yellow bracts and flowers while Coast Paintbrush has rusty red bracts/flowers.

 

Dudleya

Dudleya

 

Oh, and look.  Megan with her sharp eyes also spotted this Dudleya species (D. farinosa?) tucked away in the coastal scrub.

 

Tiburon Paintbrush - Castilleja neglecta

Tiburon Paintbrush – Castilleja neglecta

 

If you happen to be at Bean Hollow CA State Beach, head north of the parking lot about 1/4 of a mile and you can check out this guy for yourself.  Quick tidbit about Castilleja species, they have parasitic roots that rob nutrients and water directly from the roots of surrounding plants.

– Far Out Flora

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