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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.
There are over 200 species in this genius and my favorite quote about identifying the plant is: "Despite being maniacally difficult to tell some of the species apart, Indian paintbrush is one of my personal favorite wildflowers" - I'd have to agree.
All paintbrush plants are partially parasitic using their roots to suck the life from a host plant. In geek speak they call it root hemiparasite.
The distinguishing characteristic of C. linariifolia is the lance shaped narrow leaves. C. chromosa closely resembles C. linariifolia, but it’s leaves are lobed and sometimes have more of a reddish-purple color.
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