Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 19: 94. 1883.
Stems erect or ascending, 30–120 (–150) cm, glabrous or puberulent. Leaves puberulent or glabrous; proximal 10–40 mm, margins 3-lobed, lobes 1–2 mm wide; distal 5–20 × 1 mm, margins entire. Inflorescences capitate spikes, 2–4-flowered, 15–20 mm; bracts 1–3, flabelliform, 5–8 mm, margins 3–7-lobed, lobes green, narrowly ovate. Pedicels: bracteoles 8–10 mm, margins entire. Flowers: calyx 8–10 mm, tube 0 mm, apex 2-fid, cleft 0.5–1 mm; corolla pale-yellow to yellow with purple markings, 8–9 mm, throat 4 mm diam., adaxial lip 3–4 mm, ca. equal to and appressed to adaxial; stamens 4, filaments hairy, fertile pollen-sacs 2 per filament, unequal. Capsules oblong-ovoid, 5–8 mm. Seeds 4–6, dark-brown, ovoid to narrowly reniform, 2.5–3 mm, striate. 2n = 28.
Phenology: Flowering Jul–Sep.
Habitat: Dry openings in chaparral and mixed-evergreen forests.
Elevation: 300–1900 m.
Cordylanthus pringlei grows in the Coast Range of California. The species is distinctive because of its flabelliform inflorescence bracts and relatively short corollas.