Species Identification

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AttributeThe current selection is Penstemon_teucrioides
ClassificationPenstemon Penstemon Ericopsis Caespitosi
GeneralTeucrium-leaved Penstemon. Blooms: June and July.
AntherHairless, fully open, not flat.
StaminodeSlender, included, yellow-orange beard.
LeavesExtremely short, to 15 mm (5/8) long & 1/7 as wide, narrow, crowded, usually rolled inward and microscopically hairy giving a gray appearance, tipped in red mucros (sharp points).
Stems4-12 cm (1 -4 ) tall, short flowering stems, often upright, rising from woody, decumbent stems bearing the flowers only 2-5 above the ground, herbage pubescent (hairy), spreading in mats 2 wide.
InflorescenseMost floriferous of the section with flowers totally covering the mat at stem-tips.
Corolla14-19 mm (to 5/8) long, pale to deep blue or blue-purple, often with guidelines, expanded slightly to medium-wide mouth.
Flower Color
CalyxTiny, 3-5 mm (1/8) long, segments with long, narrow tips, sometimes ragged at base, viscid-puberulent (sticky-downy), picking up sand grains.
HabitatSubmontane-subalpine areas, always appearing in groups of P. crandallii of which it may be a subspecies, 2200-3000m (7200-10,000)
RangeGunnison River Valley, Gunnison and Saguache Cos., c and w CO.