Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_janishiae
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Cristati
GeneralJanish’s Penstemon. Blooms: late May to June.
AntherDehiscing (opening) totally, spreading to almost opposite and explanate (flat), 0.8-1.2 mm long, cream to blue and smooth.
StaminodeLong-exserted, coiled and recurved at tip, densely bearded nearly full length with yellow-orange hairs.
LeavesBasal leaves 2-6 cm (1-2 3/8”) long on short petioles, oblanceolate, entire or toothed on the outer ends, finely pubescent (hairy) with backward-pointing hairs like the stems; cauline leaves lanceolate and sessile (stemless).
Stems0.8-2 dm (3-20”) tall, with well-developed basal leaves (mostly from short, sterile stems), flowering stems erect or ascending, few to several clustered on a frequently branched, woody caudex, this surmounting a taproot, herbage retrorsely puberulent.
InflorescenseOf 2 to 5 rather crowded, short-stemmed verticillasters, the cymes mostly 2- to 4-flowered, the blossoms encircling the stems, glandular (sticky).
Corolla18-28 mm (¾-1 1/8”) long, pink to purple with distinct guide lines, white- or yellowish-hairy on the palate, glandular outside, abruptly expanded from a narrow tube at the base, bellied below, deeply notched or incised on the sides of the throat forming a wide mouth and two spreading lips, the petal lobes of the lower lip sharply reflexed. Anther sacs: Dehiscing (opening) totally, spreading to almost opposite and explanate (flat), 0.8-1.2 mm long, cream to blue and smooth.
Flower Color
Calyx6-10 mm (<3/8”) long, the sepals lanceolate, glandular and rough-edged.
HabitatClay soils derived from volcanic rock with sagebrush, scrub or Ponderosa pine forest, 1300-2250 m (4300-7300’) elev.
RangeLassen and Modoc Cos., CA, n Washoe Co., NV, s Harney Co., OR, s and e part from Lyon Co., through nw Nye, s Lander, s Eureka and nw White Pine Cos., to c Elko Co., NV, Owyhee Co., ID.
Penstemon janishiae, Angel Lake Road