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Uncle Rico

What is This?

Any botanists out there that can ID this plant for me?

Muchas gracias.



mattmaxon

Cannot say for sure but it loots like a thistle of some sort.


Plumeless thistle

Looks like a good match

Since it is not fully developed it is hard to identify. But judging from the old stalks it seems to be a good guess
Uncle Rico

Think I may have answered my own question. Appears to be Indian Warrior (Pedicularis densiflora).

Link to CalFlora: http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=6103

According to pedicularisdensiflora.com: "Indian Warrior was used medicinally as a muscle relaxant and is thought to be smoked by at least one Native American tribe for its narcotic effects and is reported to produce a delightful smoke."
mattmaxon

Yeah looks good... Where did you see it?
Uncle Rico

North side of the Simi Hills between Long Canyon and the Albertson Fire Road.

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