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Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, 10-35 cm tall, slender, usually unbranched, spreading-hairy.
Alternate, unstalked, linear-lanceolate, long-tapering to a sharp tip, 2-6 cm long, entire or the upper often with a pair of narrow lateral lobes, spreading-hairy.
Inflorescence an elongate, narrow, prominently bracted, terminal spike 3-20 cm long, dense to rather open below, the bracts 15-20 mm long, differing gradually from the leaves, becoming shorter and more deeply cleft into 3 lanceolate lobes, green with white or yellowish tips; corollas white with purple spots on lower lip, minutely hairy, 10-25 mm long, linear-tubular, 2-lipped, the upper lip beak-like, straight, 4-5 mm long, the lower lip 3-4 mm long, scarcely expanded, narrowly 3-pouched, tipped with 3 erect, slender teeth 1-1.5 mm long; calyces tubular, 10-20 mm long, very hairy, 2-cleft, each segment 2-lobed, the lobes shorter than the tube, white-tipped; stamens 4.
Capsules, ellipsoid, 7-11 mm long; seeds several, less than 1 mm long, with loose netted coats.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia