Thursday, September 29, 2011

2011 American Penstemon Society meeting

Mount Ashland explorations by andiwolfe
Mount Ashland explorations, a photo by andiwolfe on Flickr.
July 8 - 10 in Ashland, Oregon, with field trips into the Siskiyous. I have a lot of pictures to process and post, but I'll start with this teaser.

Aaron Wenzel, one of my graduate students, is studying the Caespitosi group of Penstemons in the Rockies and Intermountain region. He had never seen a Dasanthera group penstemon, and we found P. davidsonii on the summit of Mount Ashland. We hiked up from a spot a mile or two below the summit. There was still snow on the road, closing the area to automobile traffic.

Penstemon davidsonii

This is a macro shot of Penstemon davidsonii.

Penstemon davidsonii

The Siskiyous is an interesting mountain range in southern Oregon. There is a lot of biodiversity to be found here, partly because the region was a glacial refugium during the Pleistocene.

Penstemon deustus

We saw many different species of Penstemon. This is a macro of P. deustus, aka Hot Rock Penstemon.

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