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States or region: OR WA
The purpose of this report is to point out some rather interesting variations in characteristics of the Penstemon barrettiae plants from colonies at different sites. Whether the differences are due to the fact that these colonies are separated by a thousand feet in elevation, or because of a touch of P. fruticosus blood, are points to study. Since garden conditions tend to alter certain plant characteristics, this discussion includes only wild plants. ....- to download, Link Here

'Colorado's Imperiled Penstemons' - by Robertson, Erin
States or region: CO
Many of us are drawn to penstemons because of their incredible variety of colors, forms, habitats, and pollinators. With over 270 species to choose from, there is a penstemon out there to suit virtually anyone's fancy. This amazing diversity is based on the evolution and retention of local adaptations, which is why penstemons have been able to exploit so many unusual situations. However, this also means that penstemon species often have very narrow distributions or are highly restricted to specific substrates. If local conditions change - if habitat is converted to housing developments, or if temperatures warm and moisture disappears - rare penstemons may be out of luck precisely because they are so highly specialized. As penstemon appreciators, we should consider ways that w ....- to download, Link Here

'APS Trip to Nebraska and South Dakota, June 7 and 8, 2003' - by Hamil, Chris and Zach, Jean
States or region: NE SD
On June 7 and 8, a group of mid-western lovers of the genus, Penstemon met in North Platte for a weekend frenzy combining some study and much wildflower gazing. Bob and Phoebe McFarlane had contacted midwestern APS members from the membership list. The group met at the Administration Building of the University of Nebraska West Cenral Research and Extension Center in North Platte. Dr. Dale Lindgren led them in alternating visits to the test plots and a slide show. The occasional rain showers hardly daunted the participants and provided the pretext for a retreat to the greenhouses, where Dr. Lindgren demonstrated the techniques of tissue culture propagation. Among the promising plants under observation at the U of N Center, several penstemon are nearing the stage for introductio ....- to download, Link Here

'APS TRAVEL HERBARIUM 1966' - by Backman, Shirley
States or region: CA NV OR WA
The exact ending of the Cascades and the beginning of the Sierra Nevada is argued, but the text I am using places it in approximately the North Fork of the Feather river, or on a line running between Chico and Susanville. The Southern Cascades are essentially a group of volcanoes with beds of lava in and between them. In the first fifty miles of its range to the north there are something like a hundred and twenty volcanoes; since the range is only twenty-five miles wide here, it can be seen that there is no Acrest@. The author says that when county lines are straight in a mountainous region, it usually indicated the absence of a crest to use as a boundary. Farther north there are signs of uplift as well as of volcanic activity, and just into Oregon, where a linear range begins, is ....- to download, Link Here

'APS 2002 ANNUAL MEETING TRIP IN UTAH (June 1 to June 4, 2002)' - by McFarlane, Robert and Wilde, Ellen
States or region: UT
Few flowers, fantastic scenery and wonderful companionship. That is a fairly accurate description of the APS 2002 Annual Tour to eastern and southern Utah. We all had a grand time and give grateful thanks to Bill and Cathy King for their exceptional job in planning and organizing this year’s trip. The tour started in Moab on Saturday morning June 1st when we all met at the City Market parking lot and received our trip materials and instructions from Bill and Cathy. They provided each of us with a well-organized binder with much useful information about the trip, participants, penstemons and the country we would be traveling through. Their materials surely have set a new standard for these trips. Our first day we traveled around the La Sal Loop Road, which traverses the L ....- to download, Link Here


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