Perennial herb from a somewhat woody stem-base; stems several, clustered, decumbent or creeping at the base, 10-50 cm tall, unbranched, sticky with long, soft, glandular hairs, especially above.
Alternate, lanceolate, sticky-long-hairy to minutely stiff-hairy, the lower leaves linear-lanceolate, entire, the upper ones oblong-egg-shaped with 1 to 3 pairs of short lateral lobes near the top.
Inflorescence a prominently bracted terminal spike, the spike narrow and ultimately elongate, the bracts golden-yellow, oblong, blunt, about as wide as the upper leaves, with 1 to 3 pairs of short lobes near the top, minutely hairy and also sticky-long-hairy, as long as and mostly concealing the flowers; corollas 20-23 mm long, 2-lipped, the upper lip beak-like, minutely hairy, shorter than the tube and 3-4 times as long as the lower lip; calyces long-hairy, 15-18 mm long, deeply 2-lobed, these primary lobes again divided into 2 linear, blunt segments; stamens 4.
Capsules; seeds many, the seed-coats loose and net-veined.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Castilleja levisecta is distinguished from most other species of Castilleja by its glandular-pubescent herbage and yellow bracts. Castilleja miniata usually has red bracts, but they may also be orange or yellow. It is distinguished from C. levisecta by having longer "beaks" and herbage that is slightly puberulent but not glandular. A number of species of Orthocarpus may superficially resemble C. levisecta, but in these species, the galea is equal in length or slightly greater than that of the lower lip, and characteristics of the leaves and bracts usually differ significantly from those of C. levisecta.
Source: British Columbia Conservation Data Centre