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Dwarf Lousewort
(Pedicularis centranthera )
Scrophulariaceae

Dwarf Lousewort
Photo Copyright 2002 Lee Dittmann

Description: Low-growing perennial. Stems 1-5/8  -  4 inches (4-10 cm), more-or-less smooth (glabrous); caudex long. Leaves alternate, basal, greater than inflorescence. Flower calyx lobed,  5/8 - 7/8 inches (15-22 mm), ciliate or long-hairy. Corolla 1-3/16  - 1-3/4 (30-42 mm), club-like, pale-purple, darker tipped.

 Identifying Features:

  1.  Corolla more-or-less club-like, upperlip hooded.
  2. Leaves lobed with fine teeth and taller than inflorescence. 
  3. Corolla 1-3/16  - 1-3/4 30-42 mm), pale purple, darker tipped.

Distribution: Lassen County. Also Nevada and Oregon. Within public lands managed by the Eagle Lake Field Office northwest of Mud Flat, near Karlo and Stony Creek Road at Highway 395.

Habitat: Loamy alluvial basins and flats in sagebrush at 4,200 to 5,000 feet in elevation.

Flowering Period: May - June

Similar Plants: Pedicularis semibarbata, but flowers yellow and this plant grows mostly in the forest.

Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 2

 

 

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Field Office: Eagle Lake

 
Last updated: 08-05-2010