Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_abietinus
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Ericopsis Caespitosi
GeneralFir-leafed Penstemon This species is similar to and probably closely related to P. linarioides and P. retrorsus. Blooms: June to July.
AntherSpreading widely, 1 mm long, blue-black, open across the connective with toothed suture edges on cell openings.
StaminodeIncluded, flat, scarcely enlarged at tip, densely bearded over length with golden-yellow hairs.
LeavesAll cauline, to 1-1.2 cm (3/8) long & 0.8-1.2 mm wide, thickened, dull pale green above and beneath, not veined, sparsely downy above or hairless, entire, stemless, linear, acute.
Stemstufted (mat-forming), evergreen, much branched, prostrate and ascending, spreading less than 5-20 cm (2-8) tall, from a thick woody caudex, although often with long woody prostrate stems, densely grayish-puberulent (grey-downy) with reflexed hairs.
InflorescenseNarrow, 1-4 fascicles (leaf-like bracts) each of 2 axillary, shortened branches, each of these bearing usually 1 flower, secund (one-sided), glandular-pubescent (sticky hairs).
Corolla12-15 mm (to 3/8) long, light to bright blue, throat scarcely inflated, flattened and 2-ridged within underneath, upper lobes united, arched, projecting, lower lobes united, spreading, externally glandular-downy.
Flower Color
Calyx4-5 mm (1/8) long, sepals lanceolate-pointed, with thin-edged margins, slightly sticky-downy.
HabitatPinyon-juniper, oak and sagebrush communities with gravelly limestone soil, drylands, 1300-2500m (5700-7600) elev.
RangeFish Lake Plateau, Sevier Co., Spanish Fork Cyn, Utah Co., Central UT