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Golden Paintbrush

Golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta) is listed as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. Historically known from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, it currently is known to occur in about one dozen locations that range from the southern end of Vancouver Island, British Columbia to just south of Olympia, Washington. 

Golden paintbrush grows in lowland grassland habitats. Key factors responsible for the species decline have been development and conversion of its habitat, fire suppression resulting in shrub and tree invasion of the grassland habitat, and non-native species invasions. There are significant conservation efforts underway for this species.

Additional Resources

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Endangered Species Profile: Golden Paintbrush

NatureServe Explorer: Golden Paintbrush

Encyclopedia of Life: Golden Indian Paintbrush

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