Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_carnosus
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Coerulei
GeneralFleshy Penstemon Blooms: May to July.
Anther1.1-1.5 mm long, opening the full length, becoming opposite but not flat, smooth except for nipple-toothed cell edges, reddish-violet to blackish.
StaminodeIncluded or reaching the orifice, tip not appreciably expanded, but recurved, bright yellow- or yellow-orange-bearded with short hairs.
LeavesBasal and lower ones 4-11 cm (1 -4 ) long & 14-40 mm (-1 ) wide, entire, fleshy, mucronate (sharp tipped) rounded or retuse (small notch in otherwise rounded or blunt tip), tapering to a stemmed base, the upper cauline ones smaller, lanceolate to ovate, acute or mucronate, sessile (stemless) and sometimes cordate-clasping.
StemsShort-lived perennial herb, 1.2-3.5 dm (4 -14) tall; stems erect or ascending, few to several arising from a thick crown or short-branched caudex (root base), this surmounting a taproot; herbage smooth and bluish.
InflorescenseOf 5-10 verticillasters interrupted or sometimes aggregated into a continuous thyrse, the cymes 2-5 flowered, smooth.
Corolla16-20 mm (5/8-3/4) long, lips blue, blue-violet or lavender to pink with darker guide-lines inside the throat ventrally, moderately bulging, weakly 2-ridged throat above, bilabiate, the lobes subequal or the upper smaller, spreading, smooth or sometimes glandular-pubescent (tacky-hairy) externally, the palate sparsely bearded.
Flower Color
Calyx4-6.5 mm (to ) long, the segments broadly ovate, obtuse to acute, smooth, becoming ribbed with age, the margins scarious (ragged), erose (papery).
HabitatDry pinyon-juniper woodlands, often in sandy soils, 1500-2500m (4900-8300).
RangeEndemic to e UT from the Uinta Basin, south to the San Rafael Swell, Henry Mts. and the e and s sides of the Aquarius, Paunsaugunt and Markagunt plateaus.