Utah Valley University Herbarium


Accession # 16897 
Family - UVUAPG III FamilyCronquist FamilyA Utah Flora
Species Penstemon ambiguus Torr.
Common name   shrubby sand beardtongue
Steve Hegji   0222  
   with Kay Shumway
Coll. Date 14 June 2013 
United States
San Juan County
Locality 1 mile E of Bluff;
     Elev.: 4385 ft. (1337 m.)
Habitat Notes sandy road. 
Climate NCDC temperatures, daily high (red), daily average (green) and daily low (blue), from 1970 to 2000 at this location.   NCDC average monthly precipitation from 1970 to 2000 at this location.
Latitude Longitude 37° 17'  0.26" N, 109° 30'  17.67" W
Datum WGS84 
Uncertainty Polygon diameter (with coordinate as origin): GPS
Georef. Notes This coordinate was obtained by a GPS unit and an error estimate was not recorded by the user. However due to the accuracy of most units, a polygon diameter between 25 and 250 meters could reasonably be assumed.


Synonyms recognized by ITIS (bold taxon is currently accepted):

     Penstemon ambiguus Torr.

Common Name(s): bush penstemon, gilia beardtongue, gilia penstemon.

Taxonomic Hierarchy: (ITIS TSN=33808, click for more information and references)

        Kingdom: Plantae
            Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
                Division: Magnoliophyta
                    Class: Magnoliopsida
                        Subclass: Asteridae
                            Order: Scrophulariales
                                Family: Scrophulariaceae
                                    Genus: Penstemon
                                        Species: Penstemon ambiguus


Available images of this specimen (click to view):
specimen image: 16897a1.jpg specimen image: 16897b1.jpg specimen image: 16897c1.jpg specimen image: 16897d1.jpg
specimen image: 16897s1.jpg

Images of other samples of the same species:
specimen image: 02946s1.jpg 
specimen image: 04295s1.jpg 
specimen image: 09996s1.jpg 

Nearby Accessions

Other accessions in the database collected near this one:

Accession Name Dist., dir.
12584 Abronia fragrans      "snowball sand verbena" 1317 ft. NW
12595 Adiantum capillus-veneris      "common maidenhair fern" 1317 ft. NW
12585 Astragalus amphioxys  var. amphioxys   "crescent milkvetch" 1317 ft. NW
12583 Astragalus nuttallianus  var. micranthiformis   "Colorado small-flowered milkvetch" 1317 ft. NW
12593 Astragalus praelongus      "stinking milkvetch" 1317 ft. NW
12601 Astragalus zionis  var. zionis   "Zion milkvetch" 1317 ft. NW
12581 Boechera selbyi     1317 ft. NW
12598 Chrysopsis villosa  var. minor   "hairy goldenaster" 1317 ft. NW
16898 Cirsium rydbergii      "Rydberg's thistle" 849 ft. N
12600 Cryptantha crassisepala      "thick-sepaled cat's eye" 1317 ft. NW
12599 Cryptantha fulvocanescens      "tawny cat's eye" 1317 ft. NW
12591 Dimorphocarpa wislizeni      "Wislizen's spectacle pod" 1317 ft. NW
12586 Ephedra viridis  var. viridis  1317 ft. NW
12592 Eriogonum wetherillii      "Wetherill's wild buckwheat" 1317 ft. NW
12596 Erodium cicutarium      "redstem stork's bill" 1317 ft. NW
12597 Hymenoxys acaulis  var. ivesiana   "Ives' four-nerve daisy" 1317 ft. NW
12587 Lepidium lasiocarpum  var. georginum   "St. George peppercress" 1317 ft. NW
12590 Lupinus kingii  var. kingii   "King's lupine" 1317 ft. NW
12582 Oenothera pallida  var. pallida   "pale evening primrose" 1317 ft. NW
12589 Penstemon eatonii  var. undosus  1317 ft. NW
12594 Poa fendleriana  var. longiligula   "muttongrass" 1317 ft. NW
12588 Primula specuicola      "cave-dwelling primrose" 1317 ft. NW


Nearby locations from the USGS Geographic Name Information System (GNIS) database:

Name County Dist., dir. Elevation (ft.) 7.5' Quad Name
Saint Christophers Mission (Church) San Juan County, UT 2707 ft. W 4337  Bluff 
Seventeen Room Ruin (Locale) San Juan County, UT 1 mi. SE 4347  Recapture Pocket 
Cara Del Eco Ruins (Locale) San Juan County, UT 1 mi. SW 4577  Bluff 
Recapture Creek (Stream) San Juan County, UT 1.9 mi. E   Abajo Peak 
Cow Canyon (Valley) San Juan County, UT 2.1 mi. W   Bluff 
Sunbonnet Rock (Pillar) San Juan County, UT 2.3 mi. W 4403  Bluff 
Turquoise RV Park (Park) San Juan County, UT 2.4 mi. W 4334  Bluff 
Bluff School (School) San Juan County, UT 2.5 mi. W 4321  Bluff 
Bluff (Populated Place) San Juan County, UT 2.6 mi. W 4324  Bluff 
The Horn (Ridge) San Juan County, UT 3.3 mi. N 5187  Recapture Pocket 
Calf Canyon (Valley) San Juan County, UT 2.7 mi. W   Bluff 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Church) San Juan County, UT 2.7 mi. W 4324  Bluff 
Bluff Bench (Bench) San Juan County, UT 3.5 mi. N 5154  Bluff 
Bluff Cemetery (Cemetery) San Juan County, UT 2.8 mi. W 4413  Bluff 
Recapture Pocket (Basin) San Juan County, UT 3.3 mi. NE 4531  Recapture Pocket 
Navajo Twins (Pillar) San Juan County, UT 2.9 mi. W 4393  Bluff 
Cottonwood Creek (Stream) San Juan County, UT 3.1 mi. W   Chippean Rocks 
Cottonwood Wash (Valley) San Juan County, UT 3.1 mi. W   Cream Pots 
Sand Island Campground (Locale) San Juan County, UT 3.6 mi. SW 4839  Bluff 
Spring Canyon (Valley) San Juan County, UT 3.6 mi. NW   Bluff 


Taxon Links for species Penstemon ambiguus  Torr.

CalPhotos, Berkeley Digital Library Project

CNPS Manual of California Vegetation Database

USDA Plants database
University of Washington Herbarium: Plants of Washington (images)

Texas A&M University: Image Library (images)

Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center

Google Images

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