Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_scapoides
ClassificationPenstemon Saccanthera Saccanthera Heterophylli
GeneralInyo Penstemon. Blooms: June-July
Antherremaining horseshoe shaped, the cells 1.4-1.5 mm (<1/8) long, opening across common tip for the length of the cells with openings toothed.
Staminodeincluded, dilated and pale-yellow bearded at tip, fertile stamens included
LeavesMostly in a basal rosette 1.5-3 cm (3/4-1 ) long, ovate and subrotund; the cauline ones few, 0.8-2.5 cm (1/2-1) long, linear or filiform (filamentous) or narrowly oblanceolate, all leaves entire and often folded, densely hairy.
Stems1.5-4.5 dm flowering stems arise directly from much-branched root base with less than a scape of flowers.
InflorescenseThyrse of 2-4 lax (tipping) verticillasters, cymes single to several-flowered, peduncles and pedicels elongate, glandular-pubescent (sticky-fuzzy).
Corolla25-34 mm (1-2 ) long, tubular to mildly widened, lower lip exceeds the upper, pale lavender to purple or blue, the throat whitish, glandular-pubescent externally, the inside yellow-bearded.
Flower Color
Calyx3-4.5 mm (<1/2) long, sepals oblong to broadly ovate, acute to mucronate (extra-sharp tipped), sticky-fuzzy with scarious (thin) edges.
HabitatSagebrush, pinyon-juniper and bristlecone pine communities, 2000-3200m (6000-9000).
RangeNarrowly endemic to Inyo-White Mts. of Inyo and Mono Cos., CA