Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_discolor
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Ericopsis Linaroides
GeneralVariegated Penstemon. RARE. Blooms: May to August.
AntherWidely spreading.
StaminodeGolden orange-bearded, just reaching opening or somewhat exserted.
LeavesVery small to 5-10 mm (to 3/8) long & 1/7-1/10 as wide, crowded, grey on top, green beneath, oblanceolate, fleshy, rounded lower surface.
StemsSubshrub with sprawling branches, herbage densely grey-pubescent (hairy) (except leaves smooth beneath).
InflorescenseVery narrow, often long, with 3-9 nodes, cyme 1 cm (3/8) long.
Corolla10-14 mm (3/8-1/2) long, cream or pink-lavender, expanded abruptly from narrow tube to wide mouth, small, deeply 2-lipped, lobes spread, guidelines.
Flower Color
Calyx3-5 mm (<1/4) long, lobes ovate with long tip.
HabitatMountains near Tucson, (6000-7500).
RangeBear Canyon, Santa Catalina Mts. in s AZ.