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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Penstemon smallii   FAMILY Plantaginaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Penstemon smallii   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 166-14-001:
Penstemon smallii   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Small's Penstemon, Blue Ridge Beardtongue, Small's Beardtongue


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JK Marlow    jkm090412_236

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm090412_236b

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm220517_7931

May    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Corollas 28-35mm long, lavender, violet, or purple; lower lobes projecting beyond upper lobes, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

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JK Marlow    jkm220517_7941

May    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm220517_7942

May    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Cauline lvs broadly lanceolate, evenly serrate; base wide, clasping, cordate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm220517_7943

May    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Corolla strongly bilabiate, lined, corolla throat strongly 2-ridged on its floor, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

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JK Marlow    jkm220517_7950

May    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Corolla glandular-pubescent externally, tube 7-8mm, throat abruptly inflated, 9-16mm diam, per Flora of North America.

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Dan Whitten    sdw052422_1174

May    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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Tim Spira    tpspsmallii

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm150607_249

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Lower bracts of inflorescence foliose, slightly smaller than cauline leaves, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm150607_251

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm150607_254

June    McDowell County?    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm160610_934b

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Capsule 6-9mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160610_941

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Thyrse leafy, spreading, with leaf-like bracts, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160610_944

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Plant minutely downy; leaves just below inflorescence only slightly reduced, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm160610_946b

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

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Keith Bradley    kab_p_smallii_0630

June        NC

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Penstemon smallii   FAMILY Plantaginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Penstemon smallii   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 166-14-001:
Penstemon smallii   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1048

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: woodlands, cliffs, glades, roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pinkish/ Pale purplish/ Lavender (white toward the tube)
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals
2-lipped 5-lobed tubular corolla
4 fertile stamens & 1 staminode bearded with yellow trichomes
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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