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I've used a variety of online sources to help identify the flowers on utahwildflowers.com. However, I would be lost without the following wonderful books.
Paintbrushes can be infuriatingly difficult to tell apart – at least for me. Not the least of the problems is that they have a habit of breading with other species.
The Giant red paintbrush is distinguished from C. rhexiifolia by the bright red color of the bracts. While not a scientific key to distinguish the two species – it works for me.
The two characteristics I'm using to distinguish Castilleja miniata (Giant red) from
Castilleja rhexiifolia (Splitleaf) is:
Castilleja rhexiifolia is nealry smooth (no hairs) and is smaller than the hairy Castilleja miniata - afterall aren't all giants hairy?
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