Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_miniatus
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Fasciculus Fasciculi
GeneralPainted Red Penstemon This species is the most widespread in Section Fasciculus. Straw described it in 1959 as P. apateticus, but in 1984 he discovered an obscure specimen of P. miniatus described in 1984 by Lindley, so he corrected the nomenclature. Blooms: August and September.
AntherPeltate (shield shaped with attachment at center rather than at the top) and explanate (opening flat) light-colored, entire, smooth.
StaminodeSmooth, slender.
LeavesLower leaves 8 cm (3) long & as wide (widest of the three species) and often crowded; upper leaves to 5 cm (2) long & -1/3 as wide, entire, lanceolate or elliptic, green.
Stems6-10 dm (24-40) tall, in a multi-stemmed, willowy clump.
InflorescenseCyme 3-6 cm (1 -2 ) long, usually 1-2 flowered, bare-looking with long internodes.
CorollaLarge, 25-35 mm (1-1 ) long, bright red with white throat and red guidelines within, throat, tubular gradually widening toward the lips.
Flower Color
Calyx5-8 mm (>1/4) long sepals with long narrow tip.
HabitatOpen pine woodlands, 2400 m (7800).
RangeWestern Durango, Mexico. subsp. townsendianus: 7.5 cm (3) long & 1/10 as wide, narrow stem leaves, slightly fuzzy stem, Western Chihuahua forma triphyllus with leaves in threes, Western Chihuahua subsp. apateticus with smooth stem leaves, 13 cm &1/1/ to 1/14 as wide, extremely narrow, linear leaves, Jalisco south to Oaxaca