Southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho, and states to the south
Sandy places, scrubland, woodland; up to 8,000 feet
Linear to narrowly lanceolate, up to 7 inches long, with irregularly lobed or toothed edges
Mentzelia veatchiana is one of the smaller-flowered species of this genus; the yellow flowers are only about a third of an inch long, produced in small, branched clusters at the top of the short but thick stems. Flowers are formed of five petals, red to orange at the base, below which are 5 short, green sepals and 4 or 5 ovate bracts, which may be divided into 3 lobes, or be undivided. The flower center contains a group of yellow stamens and a style.
Stems, leaves, bracts and sepals are hairy. Stems are light green in color. Leaves are relatively thick, and most have rounded lobes along the edges. Upper stem leaves are less likely to be lobed but may instead have a few edge teeth. The plant inhabits a wide range of habitats, and elevations from near sea level to over 8,000 feet.