Little Elephant's Head
Little Elephant's Head has a corolla divided into two parts. The upper portion forms a beak-like process—the elephant's trunk. The lower portion has spreading lobes forming the drooping ears. The analogy is further strengthened by dark markings which simulate eyes. The flower accidentally looks like one kind of animal. Most species of Pedicularis (Louseworts), however, are named after another — the louse (pediculus). It was once erroneously thought that ingestion of these plants by cattle made them susceptible to infestation by lice.
DISTRIBUTION: Wet meadows, stream margins, and bogs from the Klamath and Cascade Ranges to the Modoc Plateau, high Sierra Nevada, and White and Inyo Mts. of the Great Basin Province; 1500-3900 m.