This week’s wildflower is known and loved by many—Indian paintbrush (Castilleja integra). It is found most often among Piñons and Junipers, but extends upwards into the Ponderosa.
Domingo Castillejo (died 1786) was a Spanish botanist, surgeon, and professor. From 1770 to 1786, he served as a professor of materia medica and botany at the Royal Naval College of Surgery in Cádiz, during which time his studies were devoted to the flora of the southern Iberian Peninsula. Among the many positions he held during this time was Cádiz correspondent for the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid; in this position he received many new plants imported from the New World, and acclimatized them for distribution to other nurseries throughout Spa
in and the Canary Islands.