The Wildlife Of Mt. Lemmon — Indian Paintbrush

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There are nearly 200 species of Indian Paintbrush, which can be found in habitats in the western United States, Canada, Alaska, and the extreme eastern part of Siberia.   It’s unclear whether these plants originated in Asia and, like Columbine, migrated eastward across a land bridge to north America, or whether they originated here and headed west over the same land bridge.

Paintbrush is a plant generally  found at higher elevations in relatively cool climates.  You can find them in summer blooming all over the mountain slopes of the western U.S.  The plants come in different sizes and with some color variation, but red is the predominant flower color.


It’s a treat to find this plant blooming on Mt. Lemmon’s upper slopes in late summer and early fall.  Not only is it beautiful but it is a reminder of just how different the ecosystem is on the mountain as compared with the desert below.

Image made with a Canon 5Diii, 100-400mm f4-5.6 ISII zoom lens, aperture priority setting, ISO 640, f6.3 @ 1/640.

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