Castilleja applegatei var. breweri

(Fernald) N. H. Holmgren

in A. Cronquist et al., Intermount. Fl. 4: 486. 1984.

Common names: Brewer’s paintbrush
Basionym: Castilleja breweri Fernald Erythea 6: 49. 1898
Synonyms: C. applegatei subsp. pallida (Eastwood) T. I. Chuang & Heckard C. applegatei var. pallida (Eastwood) N. H. Holmgren C. breweri var. pallida Eastwood C. glandulifera subsp. pallida (Eastwood) Pennell
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 588. Mentioned on page 589.

Herbs (0.8–)1–3(–4.8) dm. Stems branched from base. Leaves linear to broadly lanceolate, 1.2–4.8 cm, (0–)3(–5)-lobed, apex acute, rarely obtuse. Inflorescences 2–12 × 2–3.5 cm; bracts distally red, scarlet, or pale orange, rarely yellow, 3-lobed, apex acute to rounded, central lobe sometimes expanded. Calyces green to yellow, lobe apices red to yellow, 13–15 mm; abaxial and adaxial clefts (4–)5–8(–10) mm, 33% of calyx length, lateral 3–5(–7) mm, 10–25% of calyx length; lobe apex acute, rarely obtuse. Corollas 16–22 mm; tube 11–13 mm; beak 6–10 mm. 2n = 48.

Phenology: Flowering Jun–Aug(–Sep).
Habitat: Dry rocky slopes, flats, open montane forests to alpine, granitic substrates.
Elevation: 1800–3600 m.


Variety breweri is found in California in the high Sierra Nevada and in the mountains of adjacent Nevada. Hybrids with Castilleja chromosa and C. miniata var. miniata have both been found in Inyo County, California.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

J. Mark Egger +, Peter F. Zika +, Barbara L. Wilson +, Richard E. Brainerd +  and Nick Otting +
(Fernald) N. H. Holmgren +
Castilleja breweri +
Brewer’s paintbrush +
Calif. +  and Nev. +
1800–3600 m. +
Dry rocky slopes, flats, open montane forests to alpine, granitic substrates. +
Flowering Jun–Aug(–Sep). +
in A. Cronquist et al., Intermount. Fl. +
C. applegatei subsp. pallida +, C. applegatei var. pallida +, C. breweri var. pallida +  and C. glandulifera subsp. pallida +
Castilleja applegatei var. breweri +
Castilleja applegatei +
variety +