Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales
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Many specimens of Penstemon from the Appalachian Piedmont combine morphological features of P. australis and P. canescens. These plants usually have equally developed cyme branches (as in P. canescens) but ascending or erect peduncles and pedicels (as in P. australis). Leaf shape generally is intermediate between P. australis and P. canescens. F.W. Pennell in the 1930s annotated most such specimens as P. australis. F.S. Crosswhite (1965e) also included these specimens in his concept of P. australis, assigning them subspecies status.... The relationship of these plants remains unclear; they will key to P. canescens or P. laxiflorus. Read more at Flora of North America.
Beardtongue [Glassy Mtn HP]
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JK Marlow jkm230509_3140
May Pickens County SC
Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve
Oddly, the plant pictured here (and in 3138-3157) did not have the expected dark purple guidelines.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
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2-lipped 5-lobed tubular corolla
4 fertile stamens & 1 bearded staminode
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