Desert Bird's Beak

Common Names:
Desert Bird's Beak
Scientific name:
Cordylanthus eremicus ssp. eremicus
Synonyms:
Cordylanthus ramosus ssp. eremicus, Cordylanthus bernardinus
Elevation range:
3500 to 8700 ft
Flowering Months:
July, August, September, October
Height | Length:
4 - 32 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
Notes:
Rare, Parasite/Hemiparasite
State Occurrences:
Endemic to:
California
California Rare Plant Rank:
4.3--Watch list
Desert region:
Mojave
Comments: 

Desert Bird's Beak is in the Broomrape family similar to the familiar Indian Paintbrush. The root hairs penetrate into host plant roots and from then on funnels nutrients and water to the parasitic plant.