Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Penstemon floridus

Panamint Beardtongue
Plantaginaceae (formerly Scrophulariaceae)

Like most of the "scrophs," Penstemon floridus is a very showy plant. Its pink flowers are easily visible on the rocky outcrops and cliff faces that they occupy.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Lessingia lemmonii var. lemmonii

Lemmon's lessingia

Found in sandy soils in the mojave, this small, unobtrusive asteraceae can be easily missed when walking through its habitat.

An interesting characteristic of this plant is its scent, which is reminiscent of fresh fir needles and citrus. The plant is also highly resinous, gumming up the hands of any botanist touching it.