Indian paintbrush noun
: any of a genus (Castilleja) of herbaceous plants of the snapdragon family that have brightly colored bracts —called also painted cup
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Indian paintbrush noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Any plant of the genus Castilleja in the broomrape family, (Orobanchaceae), which contains about 200 species of partially or wholly parasitic wildflowers that obtain nourishment from the roots of other plants. The small, tubular, two-lipped flowers are surrounded by brightly coloured upper leaves, giving the plant the appearance of having been dipped in a pot of red, orange, yellow, pink, or white paint.
Variants of INDIAN PAINTBRUSH
Indian paintbrush or paintbrush
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