Indian paintbrush

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Indian paintbrush

n.
1. Any of various partly parasitic plants of the genus Castilleja, having spikes of flowers surrounded by showy, brightly colored bracts. Also called painted cup.

In′dian paint′brush


n.
any of several semiparasitic plants of the genus Castilleja, figwort family, with brightly colored, petallike bracts.
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Noun1.Indian paintbrush - erect perennial of eastern and southern United States having showy orange flowersIndian paintbrush - erect perennial of eastern and southern United States having showy orange flowers
milkweed, silkweed - any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tufts
2.Indian paintbrush - any of various plants of the genus Castilleja having dense spikes of hooded flowers with brightly colored bractsIndian paintbrush - any of various plants of the genus Castilleja having dense spikes of hooded flowers with brightly colored bracts
wild flower, wildflower - wild or uncultivated flowering plant
Castilleia, Castilleja, genus Castilleia, genus Castilleja - genus of western North and South American perennials often partially parasitic on roots of grasses
Castilleja chromosa, desert paintbrush - most common paintbrush of western United States dry lands; having erect stems ending in dense spikes of bright orange to red flowers
Castilleja miniata, giant red paintbrush - wildflower of western North America having ragged clusters of crimson or scarlet flowers
Castilleja sessiliflora, great plains paintbrush - hairy plant with pinkish flowers; Great Plains to northern Mexico
Castilleja sulphurea, sulfur paintbrush - plant of moist highland meadows having ragged clusters of pale yellow flowers