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Annual herb; stems erect, 10-30 cm tall, simple or branched above; short-hairy.
Alternate, unstalked, 1-5 cm long, the lowermost linear and entire, the others with 1 or 2 pairs of slender lobes, short-hairy.
Inflorescence a dense, prominently bracted, terminal spike, the bracts differing abruptly from the leaves, shorter, broader, blunt-tipped, net-veined, at least the upper showy and petal-like with pink-purple tips, the lower with a pair of slender lateral lobes and commonly bristle-fringed below the middle; corollas yellow, sometimes purplish-tipped, hairy, 14-20 mm long, largely hidden by the bracts, tubular, 2-lipped, the upper lip beak-like and hooked, surpassing the lower lip by about 1 mm, the lower lip broader, moderately pouched, tipped with 3 tiny teeth; calyces tubular, hairy but non-glandular, 2-cleft, each segment 2-lobed, the lobes shorter than the tube; stamens 4.
Capsules, ellipsoid; seeds several, with netted coats.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia