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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Penstemon laevigatus   FAMILY Plantaginaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Penstemon laevigatus   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Penstemon laevigatus

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Penstemon laevigatus

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 166-14-006:
Penstemon laevigatus   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Notes on eastern American species of Penstemon (Bennett, 1963)
Penstemon laevigatus ssp. laevigatus

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Penstemon penstemon

 

COMMON NAME:
Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Beardtongue, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue


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image of Penstemon laevigatus, Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Beardtongue, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pepe17_001_lvd

        

image of Penstemon laevigatus, Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Beardtongue, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_laevigatus_0212

May    Catawba County    NC

Panicle narrow; the bracts reduced, not leaflike, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Penstemon laevigatus, Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Beardtongue, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_laevigatus

June        

Corolla purplish, unlined or feebly lined with purple on the rounded floor, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Penstemon laevigatus, Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Beardtongue, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_laevigatus_13

June        

image of Penstemon laevigatus, Smooth Beardtongue, Eastern Beardtongue, Eastern Smooth Beardtongue

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_laevigatus_13b

June        

May be separated from P. australis or P. multiflorus by its dilated throat, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Penstemon laevigatus   FAMILY Plantaginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Penstemon laevigatus   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Penstemon laevigatus

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Penstemon laevigatus

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 166-14-006:
Penstemon laevigatus   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Notes on eastern American species of Penstemon (Bennett, 1963)
Penstemon laevigatus ssp. laevigatus

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Penstemon penstemon

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1046

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common (rare in NC Mountains)

Habitat: Low meadows, bottomlands, forest edges, hammocks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White/ Pale violet
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals
2-lipped 5-lobed tubular corolla
4 fertile stamens (anthers brown) & 1 staminode bearded w light yellow trichomes
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Brown
Capsule

 

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