Rep. U.S. Mex. Bound. 2(1): 120. 1859.
Stems erect or ascending, 20–90 cm, puberulent and glandular-puberulent or scabrous, often glabrate. Leaves puberulent or glandular-puberulent, often glabrescent; proximal 20–35 mm, margins 3–7 lobed, lobes 0.5–1.5 mm wide; distal 10–20 mm, margins entire or 3-lobed. Inflorescences capitate spikes, 2–12-flowered, 20–40 mm; bracts 2–10, green or purple distally, 15–30 mm, margins (4 or) 5–9-lobed, lobes linear. Pedicels: bracteoles 15–30 mm, margins toothed or lobed. Flowers: calyx lanceolate, 20–25 mm, tube 3–4 mm, apex 2-fid, cleft 1–2 mm; corolla bright or pale-yellow or lavender-pink with purple markings, 20–30 mm, throat 6–8 mm diam., abaxial lip 5–8 mm, ca. equal to and appressed to adaxial; stamens 4, filaments hairy, fertile pollen-sacs 2 per filament, equal. Capsules oblong, 10–15 mm. Seeds 15–20, brown, oblong-ovoid, 2–2.5 mm, reticulate.
Ariz., Colo., N.Mex., Tex., Utah, n Mexico
Subspecies 3 (3 in the flora).
|1||Spikes 2–4-flowered; bracts 2 or 3.||Cordylanthus wrightii subsp. wrightii|
|1||Spikes 5–12-flowered; bracts 4–10.||> 2|
|2||Bracteole margins pinnately lobed; stems puberulent and glandular-puberulent to glabrate.||Cordylanthus wrightii subsp. kaibabensis|
|2||Bracteole margins toothed distally; stems scabrous.||Cordylanthus wrightii subsp. tenuifolius|