Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_neomexicanus
ClassificationPenstemon Habroanthus Glabri
GeneralNew Mexican Penstemon It is closely related to P. virgatus and is similar in appearance, but carries its flowers more loosely. The flowers are larger and have a bearded lower lip. They also expand equally around the tube (which defines them from P. virgatus). Blooms: July and August.
AntherOpening widely, but not fully flattened (explanate).
Staminodesmooth, dilated and often notched at the tip, and extended from corolla.
LeavesStem leaves 7 cm (<3) long (and 1/6 as wide, smooth and dark green, the scarce basal ones are lanceolate or oblanceolate with short stems which may be absent on flowering plants.
Stems4-7 dm (15-28) tall. 1 to several stems.
Inflorescensecyme 2-4 flowered.
Corolla26-35 mm (1-1/2) long, one-sided spike, not appearing crowded, lilac, blue or purple, throat is broadly expanded all around with violet-red guidelines and a white line at edge of throat, and lower lip densely bearded at the base and slightly folded back.
Flower Color
Calyx4-7 mm (<1/4) long, with sepals wide, and blunt with ragged papery margins.
HabitatMountains of NM in pine woods, spruce and fir communities, 2000-3000 m (6000-9000)
RangeTwo populations centers: southern NM in Lincoln and Otero Cos., at Sierra Blanca in the Ruidoso area and the Lincoln Forest; the other is in far north-central Sierra Madre, NM.