Castilleja pilosa var. longispica
Intermount. Fl. 4: 480. 1984.
Stems: hairs spreading or retrorse and curved, soft. Leaf lobes ascending-spreading. Inflorescences 2–16 cm; bracts proximally light green, or yellow-green, sometimes becoming pink or dull purple, with margins or distal portions pale-yellow, sometimes soft pink or buff, 3–5 (–9) -lobed; lobes erect, sometimes spreading, short to medium length, arising near or above mid length. Calyces 9–15 (–20) mm; abaxial and adaxial clefts 2–7 mm, 40–45% of calyx length, lateral 2–5.5 mm, 40–50% of calyx length; lobes linear or narrowly triangular. Corolla beaks 4–7 mm; abaxial lip proximally green or pale-yellow, sometimes dull purple, distally white to sometimes pink, 2.5–5 mm, 50–85% as long as beak; teeth white to pale-yellow, rarely pink. 2n = 24, 48, 96.
Phenology: Flowering Jun–Aug.
Habitat: Moist to dry meadows, sagebrush steppes, woodlands, rocky slopes, ridges, montane.
Elevation: 1700–2000 m.
Idaho, Mont., Wyo.
Variety longispica is distributed across central and southeastern Idaho, as well as adjacent Montana and Wyoming. This variety is often somewhat variable in color within populations, ranging from pale greenish yellow to various shades of pale pink to pale purple.
"short to medium" is not a number.