Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_bracteatus
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Coerulei
GeneralBracted Penstemon Blooms: June.
Anther0.8-1.2 mm, opening the full length, becoming opposite, but not flattened, essentially smooth.
StaminodeIncluded, yellow-brown- or golden-yellow-bearded.
LeavesThe basal and lower cauline ones (2-3 cm (3/4-1”) long & 5-15 mm wide, entire, fleshy, obovate, rounded to obtuse, stemmed, the upper cauline ones 1-2.5 cm (3/8-1”) long & 5-10mm (to 3/8”) wide, ovate, mucronate (pointed tip), stemless.
StemsPerennial dwarf herb, 0.3-1 dm (1-4”) tall, stems erect or decumbent at the base, relatively small, single or few arising from a spreading rhizomatosus caudex (root base); herbage glabrous and glaucous (smooth and bluish).
InflorescenseThyrse of 3-5 contracted verticillasters, the cymes few-flowered, smooth.
Corolla14-16 mm (about ½”) long, lips blue-violet, the tube violet, moderately bellied, the lobes spreading, smooth externally, the palate sparsely bearded.
Flower Color
Calyx4-5.5 mm (1/4”) long, the segments lanceolate to ovate, obtuse to acute, glabrous, becoming ribbed with age, the margins ragged, entire.
HabitatDry, gravelly slopes and talus in ponderosa woodland, 2100-2500m (6900-8300’).
RangeEndemic to the Paunsaugunt Plateau in the region of Red Canyon and Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park, Garfield Co., UT.