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Pedicularis procera

Pedicularis procera

Pedicularis procera
Pedicularis procera (Giant Lousewort)
Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Montane, subalpine. Woodlands, openings. Summer.
Above: Taylor Mesa Road, July 24, 2015.
Left: El Diente Trail, August 10, 2011.

Pedicularis procera
Pedicularis procera (Giant Lousewort)
Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Montane, subalpine. Woodlands, openings. Summer.
El Diente Trail, August 3, 2009.

Pedicularis procera
Pedicularis procera (Giant Lousewort)
Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Montane, subalpine. Woodlands, openings. Summer.
El Diente Trail, August 3, 2009.

Pedicularis procera (Giant Lousewort)
Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Montane, subalpine. Woodlands, openings. Summer.
Aspen woods near Echo Basin, June 10, 2008.

These four inch tall, just days old leaves, might be take for a fungus or a fern.  They are, though, Pedicularis leaves -- but which Pedicularis?  The answer is in the lower left and lower right of the photograph.  These buff-colored dried flower stalks from last year are over three feet tall -- just the right height for Pedicularis procera.

Pedicularis procera (Giant Lousewort)
Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Montane, subalpine. Woodlands, openings. Summer.
Little Taylor Creek Trail, August 20, 2007.

Brown flowers hang off the maturing seeds.