Annuals, shallowly fibrous-rooted. Stems erect, straight at nodes, simple or few-branched at base, 5–12(–18) cm, minutely stipitate-glandular, hairs 0.1–0.3 mm, gland-tipped. Leaves basal and cauline; petiole 2–9 mm, distinctly 3-veined, 2-winged; blade palmately 3-veined, elliptic-oblong to ovate or oblanceolate, 3–14(–23) × 2–9(–15) mm, base cuneate to attenuate, margins denticulate to entire, apex acute to obtuse, surfaces minutely stipitate-glandular, hairs 0.1–0.3 mm, gland-tipped. Flowers herkogamous, 1–9, from medial to distal nodes. Fruiting pedicels divergent-arcuate, 12–38 mm, minutely stipitate-glandular, hairs 0.1–0.3 mm, gland-tipped. Fruiting calyces cylindric, ± inflated, 7–10 mm, margins distinctly toothed or lobed, minutely stipitate-glandular, hairs 0.1–0.3 mm, gland-tipped, lobes pronounced, erect. Corollas yellowish, tube-throat, palate ridges, and limb yellow to pale yellow, abaxial limb red-dotted or not, bilaterally symmetric, weakly bilabiate; tube-throat funnelform, 6–9 mm, exserted beyond calyx margin; lobes broadly obovate-suborbicular, apex rounded. Styles glabrous. Anthers included, glabrous. Capsules included, 5–8 mm. 2n = 32.
Phenology: Flowering Apr–Jul.
Habitat: Damp depressions, moist gravel, rocky flats, granite outcrops, wet meadows, lava beds, vernal pools, forest openings, commonly in or near coniferous forests, chaparral-live oak woodlands.
Elevation: 50–1300(–2500) m.
Calif., Oreg., Wash.
Erythranthe pulsiferae is characterized by minutely stipitate-glandular vestiture (lacking villous hairs), elongate internodes, persistent basal leaves, small, palmately veined, cauline leaves with short, three-veined petioles and elliptic-oblong to ovate or oblanceolate blades, divergent-arcuate pedicels, and small, all yellow, weakly bilabiate corollas.