Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_ramosus
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Chamaeleon
GeneralBranching Penstemon RARE [syn: P. lanceolatus] separated into species status by Crosswhite. This species is closely related to P. lanceolatus from Mexico. The epithet means ‘branching’. It dies to ground in winter and sends up new growth in spring. Blooms: June and July
AntherOpen almost throughout, but not flat, twisted, no teeth on sutures.
LeavesLinear, few, 11 cm (4 ¼”) long & 1/20 as wide, entire, no basal leaves.
Stems3-7.5 dm (12-30”) tall, branched stems, fascicle leaves to 25 mm (1”) long, herbage densely pubescent at least in inflorescence.
InflorescenseCyme 1 at a node, 1-4 cm (1/4-1 ½”) long, densely pubescent.
CorollaLarge, 28-40 mm (1-1 1/2” long), orange-scarlet to deep red, tubular, glandular, lower lobes often folded to points.
Flower Color
Calyx5-10 mm (to 5/16”) long,
HabitatMountainous, extremely dry except in monsoon season.
RangeSoutheastern AZ, sw NM.