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Castilleja uliginosa  Eastw.
Pitkin marsh indian paintbrush
Castilleja uliginosa is a perennial herb (hemiparasitic) that is native to California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 1A (presumed extinct).
State of California status: Endangered.
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(4 records)
yellowone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

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Genus: Castilleja
Family: Orobanchaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Habitat: freshwater-marsh

Communities: Freshwater Wetlands, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by CNPS

Information about  Castilleja uliginosa from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.

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The current ?known range? of Castilleja uliginosa: ?three flower pots?makes it probably the rarest of all living Californian plants. One other Californian plant, Franciscan manzanita, is now known only in cultivation but is more widely grown. Like other Castilleja species, C. uliginosa is hemiparasitic and may be difficult to grow extensively in cultivation without the skilled attention of the expert staff at the UC Botanical Garden. C. uliginosa remains listed by the State of California as a recognized endangered species....Paradoxically, current laws provide stronger protection against reintroducing endangered species into habitat where they might not survive than they do against preventing their loss from such places in the first place. (contributed by Cynthia Powell)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 12/06/2023).