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Penstemon arenarius

Scientific Name:Penstemon arenarius
Common name:Nevada dune beardtongue
Rank and Status   
Global Rank:G2G3 Native Status:Native
Subnational (State) Rank:S2 Endemic:Yes
US ESA Status:None Sand Dunes:Yes
NNHP Tracking Status:At-Risk List Wetland:No
Other Agency Status Status Last Updated Status Comments
Bureau of Land Management - Nevada Sensitive BLM Nevada Sensitive Species List dated 2017-10-01
US Forest Service - Region 4 (Intermountain) Sensitive USFS list, Jan 2015 update
Nevada Native Plant Society Watch
CCVI Score Moderately Vulnerable
Distribution (NV Counties)

Status: Confident or certain

Summary Occurrence Data
Occurrence Count:32
Total Observed Area (hectares):223
Maximum Known Elevation (m):1439
Minimum Known Elevation (m):1195
Penstemon arenarius data at NatureServe
Penstemon arenarius photos and data at Encyclopedia of Life
Character Abstract
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Habitat Comments:Deep loose sandy soils of valley bottoms, aeolian deposits, and dune skirts, often in alkaline areas, sometimes on road banks and other recovering disturbances crossing such soils, in the shadscale zone with Psorothamnus polydenius, Achnatherum hymenoides, Astragalus geyeri var. geyeri, Atriplex canescens, A. confertifolia, Tetradymia glabrata, Gilia leptomeria, Tiquilia nuttallii, Sarcobatus baileyi, Chrysothamnus, Ephedra nevadensis, etc.
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Inventory Comments:The few systematic surveys conducted are old and very incomplete.
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Version Date:07/20/2001 - 12:00am
whole plant in flower
Photographer: Copyright Gary Monroe, Nevada Native Plant Society
Photo Date:
close-up of flowers
Photographer: Copyright Gary Monroe, Nevada Native Plant Society
Photo Date:
Illustration from Mozingo and Williams, 1980.
Photographer: Jeanne R. Janish
Photo Date: 1980