Mono Basin and Hot Creek Area

The Pussypaws (Cistanthe umbellata formerly Calyptridium umbellatum) here in the pumice flats look quite different than the ones elsewhere. The rosettes of maroon/green leaves are very distinctive. Even more distinctive are the red "chicken foot-like" stems. Are they flower buds or fruits? (It looks like there may be spent pink and white flowers along the lower edge of the group.)