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Annual herb; stems erect, 10-40 cm tall, slender, simple or with a few erect branches; coarsely spreading-hairy, often glandular above.
Alternate, unstalked, 1-4 cm long, coarsely spreading-hairy, the lower leaves linear and entire, the upper ones lanceolate, with 3 to 5 long slender lobes.
Inflorescence a dense, compact, prominently bracted, terminal spike 5-20 cm long, the bracts egg-shaped, 10-25 mm long, differing gradually from the leaves, becoming shorter and more deeply cleft into 3 to 7 lanceolate, long-pointy-tipped lobes, green throughout or sometimes tinged with purple; corollas white or yellow, minutely hairy, 12-20 mm long, exserted, tubular, 2-lipped, the upper lip beak-like, straight, 4-5 mm long, the lower lip 3-4 mm long, inflated, 3-pouched, tipped with 3 tiny teeth 0.2-0.8 mm long; calyces tubular, 8-12 mm long, hairy, 2-cleft, each segment 2-toothed, the teeth slender, long-pointy-tipped; stamens 4.
Capsules, oblong, 5-9 mm long; seeds several, about 1 mm long, with loose netted coats.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia