Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 99: 190. 1947.
Illustrator: John Myers
Copyright: Flora of North America Association
Annuals 10–50 cm, puberulent and hispid to hirsute, hairs white; branches present. Leaves: blade ovate, 2–6 (–8) × 3–5 cm, 8–11-lobed. Spikes 2–10 cm; bracts red to maroon distally, oblong-lanceolate, 15–25 mm, 3–7-lobed. Pedicels: bracteole 1, lanceolate to narrowly triangulate pinnate-lobed. Flowers: calyx 6–8 mm, 2-fid, lobes 4–6 mm; corolla 18–25 mm, abaxial lip not spreading, often with purple spots at base, adaxial lip yellow distally; stamens each with 2 pollen-sacs widely separated on curved connectives, staminodes sometimes with sterile anthers. Capsules 10–12 mm. Seeds 1–1.5 mm, reticulate, with abaxial crest. 2n = 32.
Phenology: Flowering Mar–Aug.
Habitat: Coastal scrub.
Elevation: 10–400 m.
Calif., Mexico (Baja California)
Dicranostegia orcuttiana is found along the west coast of Baja California Peninsula, Mexico, and in the flora area in San Diego County, where it is threatened by urbanization.