Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_papillatus
ClassificationPenstemon Saccanthera Saccanthera Heterophylli
GeneralInyo Penstemon, UNCOMMON. Blooming June to July
Anther1.7-1.9mm (1/8) long, opening only across common tip, inner margins glabrous, nipple-like edges on sutures (breaks) gives it its name.
Staminodepale-yellow, bearded.
Leavesgenerally cauline, 25-40 mm (1-1 1/2) long, narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, generally widest at base, cordate-clasping, entire, unusually thickened with winged petioles at the base and on lower stem; more basal leaves than usual for Section Saccanthera.
Stems20-40 cm (8-16) tall, ashy-hairy, woody-branched below.
Inflorescenseglandular (sticky).
Corolla24-30 mm (1-1 1/4) long, blue-violet, glandular outside, floor glabrous
Flower Color
Calyx7-12 mm (1/2) long; narrowly lanceolate
HabitatRocky openings of juniper/pinyon woodland and montane forest, low precipitation, 2000-2700 m (6-7000).
RangeSierra Nevada Mts. of Inyo and Mono Counties, e CA