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Cryptantha owl's clover (Orthocarpus cuspidatus ssp. cryptanthus)

Cryptantha owl's clover (Orthocarpus cuspidatus ssp. cryptanthus) is an annual herb which is endemic to California, southern Oregon, and western Nevada. When viewed from above, the long, slender leaves tend to form a beautiful spiral pattern, adding a subtle touch of elegance to high-elevation open volcanic slopes. Although these root parasites bear a resemblance to Indian paintbrushes (which are also root parasites), they are not in the same genus. On the other hand, several other species of owl's clover (e.g., purple owl's clover) are true Indian paintbrushes in the genus Castilleja. Additional common names include short flowered owl's clover, broad scaled owl's clover, and toothed owl's clover.

Cryptantha owl's clover (Orthocarpus cuspidatus ssp. cryptanthus).  Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California, USA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0513
Cryptantha owl's clover (Orthocarpus cuspidatus ssp. cryptanthus), low-angle view of newly bloomed wildflowers. Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California, USA.
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