Penstemon moriahensis

N. H. Holmgren

Brittonia 30: 422, fig. 4. 1978.

Common names: Mt. Moriah beardtongue
EndemicConservation concern
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 173. Mentioned on page 159, 160.

Stems ascending to erect, 18–50 cm, glabrous, not glaucous. Leaves basal and cauline, or basal sometimes reduced, not leathery, glabrous, not glaucous; basal and proximal cauline 35–80(–120) × 4–13 mm, blade oblanceolate, base tapered, margins entire, apex rounded to obtuse, or acute; cauline 3–5 pairs, sessile or proximals sometimes short-petiolate, 20–110 × 5–18 mm, blade oblanceolate to lanceolate, rarely linear, base tapered to clasping, apex obtuse to acute. Thyrses interrupted or continuous, secund, 4–17 cm, axis glabrous or ± glandular distally, verticillasters 4–11, cymes 2- or 3(–5)-flowered, 2 per node; proximal bracts lanceolate, 10–50 × 4–16 mm; peduncles and pedicels glandular to glandular-pubescent, peduncles to 7 mm, pedicels 2–11 mm. Flowers: calyx lobes ovate to lanceolate, 5–7.5 × 2–4 mm, margins erose, glandular to glandular-pubescent; corolla blue to violet, without nectar guides, ventricose, 27–33 mm, glabrous externally, glabrous internally, tube 9–11 mm, throat gradually to abruptly inflated, not constricted at orifice, 8–12 mm diam., 2-ridged abaxially; stamens: longer pair reaching orifice, pollen sacs divergent, navicular, 2–2.8 mm, dehiscing incompletely, proximal 1/5 indehiscent, connective not splitting, sides villous, hairs white, to 1 mm, sutures denticulate, teeth to 0.1 mm; staminode 16–18 mm, included, 0.6–0.8 mm diam., tip straight, distal 1–6 mm sparsely lanate, hairs yellowish, to 0.8 mm; style 17–21 mm. Capsules 7–9 × 4.5–5.5 mm.

Phenology: Flowering Jun–Jul.
Habitat: Gravelly or silty soils, subalpine sagebrush shrublands, mountain mahogany, pinyon-juniper, and pine woods.
Elevation: 2200–3300 m.


Penstemon moriahensis is found in the northern Snake Range near Mount Moriah, White Pine County.

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Lower Taxa

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Craig C. Freeman +
N. H. Holmgren +
Penstemon +
Mt. Moriah beardtongue +
2200–3300 m. +
Gravelly or silty soils, subalpine sagebrush shrublands, mountain mahogany, pinyon-juniper, and pine woods. +
Flowering Jun–Jul. +
Endemic +  and Conservation concern +
Penstemon subg. Habroanthus +
Penstemon moriahensis +
Penstemon sect. Glabri +
species +