Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_nanus
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Cristati
GeneralDwarf Penstemon. Blooms: May and June.
Anther1.0-1.2 mm long, opening the full length, remaining nearly parallel after opening, essentially smooth.
StaminodeIncluded, densely orange-bearded; fertile stamens included in the throat.
LeavesMostly basal, lanceolate to ovate, 1.5-3.5 cm (1/2-1 ) long, 3-8 mm (<3/8) wide, acute to obtuse, the basal ones tapering to a stemmed base, the cauline ones stemless.
StemsSmall perennial herb, 0.3-0.7 dm (1-2) tall, stems ascending, 2-6 clustered on a thick branched caudex, this surmounting a taproot, herbage densely, retrorsely cinereous-puberulent ( ashy-gray fuzz pointing backward).
InflorescenseThyrse 1.5-3 cm (1/2-1) long, densely compressed with short internodes, the cymes many-flowered and short-stemmed, spreading glandular-pubescent.
CorollaSmall, 10-15 mm (3/8-1/2) long, blue-violet, lobes subequal, spreading, glandular-puberulent externally, the palate sparsely bearded.
Flower Color
CalyxTiny, 4-6 mm (<1/8) long, the sepals lanceolate to narrowly ovate, acute, glandular-pubescent, the edges soft.
HabitatDry limestone-gravelly alluvial soils with scattered pinyon and juniper, 1800-2000 m (6000-6700) elev.
RangeEndemic to the edges of Pine Valley and foothills of adj. Confusion Range and Wah Wah Mts. and Burbank Hills of Millard and Beaver Cos., UT.
Penstemon nanus, Confusion Range