Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_skutchii
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Fasciculus Fasciculi
GeneralSkutch’s Penstemon This species is sometimes called a form of P. gentianoides (tall with long leaves) and was named for Alexander Skutch, botanist and ornithologist who specialized in plants and birds of Central America. Blooms: August.
AntherSpreading, open flat.
StaminodeSlightly dilated, almost smooth.
Leaves10 cm (4”) long & 1/5-1/10 as wide, lanceolate, tapering to long narrow tip, entire.
Stems9-18 dm 36-72”) tall.
InflorescenseOpen, leafy, cyme 1-4 cm (1/4-1 ½”) long, 3-6 flowered.
Corolla25-30 mm (>1”) long, deep reddish maroon, pendant, humming bird pollinated, smooth, gradually inflated tube with nearly regular, rounded lobes.
Flower Color
Calyx6-8 mm (1/4”) long, lobes ovate, blunt.
HabitatMontane, rocky ridges 3400 m (11,000’).
RangeSierra Cuchamatanes, limited area of Guatemala.