Castilleja ambigua var. insalutata
Phytologia 90: 67. 2008.
Stems ± short-decumbent proximally, becoming erect to ascending, much-branched from base. Leaves lanceolate to elliptic to ovate or obovate, distal ones cup-shaped, not fleshy, apex rounded to obtuse. Bracts proximally green or reddish brownish, distally whitish, rarely pinkish or cream, on lobe apices; lobes ascending, oblong, 12–14 mm, arising above mid length. Calyces with all 4 clefts subequal; lateral clefts 5–5.5 mm, 40% of calyx length. Corollas 15–22 mm; beak pink to purple, 4–6 mm; abaxial lip yellow, becoming pink to red after anthesis; teeth deep to bright pinkish purple, often with whitish bases.
Phenology: Flowering Apr–Jul(–Aug).
Habitat: Grassy coastal bluffs, adjacent dunes.
Elevation: 0–100 m.
Variety insalutata is now endemic to coastal habitats in northern Monterey County. This variety is also threatened by development, and past populations in Alameda County appear to be extirpated. Reports of var. insalutata from San Luis Obispo County are referable to other species.