Through the Grapevine

I heard through the grapevine about a new plant found at the grasslands. This is always exciting! It was a population first found by Yelenich and Campos. Many of you probably recognize the names from iNaturalist. Two very talented botanists.

So I went to see the new discovery for myself. Additionally I invited Reese to share in the awesome find of the Downy Paintbrush (Castilleja sessiliflora)!
The color for it ranged from cream to a light pink. Some of the floras I checked also said colors can be purplish.
What a beautiful mix!
Some the population was located down in the deep ravine/canyon.

The Downy Paintbrush flowers are falcate (sickle-shaped) unlike this Purple Paintbrush (Castilleja purpurea) pictured here. The Purple Paintbrush also has mostly a shorter corolla tube.
While examining the flowers I found a small cat!
I don’t have an ID, but pretty cool anyways.

A single branched plant that really highlighted the falcate flowers. Also it had a armyworm cat on it.
Close up.

What a cool discovery for North Texas! Check it out to see other observations on iNat of the Downy Paintbrush. And again congrats to Yelenich and Campos for their great find!

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