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Nothochelone nemorosa (Douglas ex Lindl.) Straw
woodland penstemon (woodland beardtongue)
Plantaginaceae (Mare's-tail family)
(Previously in Scrophulariaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a branched, woody stem-base; stems several, erect, 30-80 cm tall, smooth or finely short-hairy.
Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves opposite, mostly short-stalked, lanceolate to egg-shaped, 3-11 cm long, rather thin, saw-toothed, smooth or somewhat hairy beneath; lowermost leaves reduced.
Inflorescence a loose, branched, terminal panicle of several, stalked flowers, the branches and stalks glandular-hairy; corollas pink-purple or blue-purple, tubular, 2.5-3.3 cm long, glandular-hairy on the outside, smooth within, distinctly 2-lipped, the lower lip longitudinally 2-ridged, much longer than the upper; calyces 6-10 mm long, 5-lobed, the lobes lanceolate to narrowly egg-shaped, entire, glandular-hairy; fertile stamens 4, the anthers densely long-woolly, the filaments long-hairy at the base and minutely hairy above; sterile stamen much shorter than the fertile ones, bearded throughout its length.
Capsules, 11-17 mm long; seeds flattened, wing-margined, 2-3 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist forests and rocky slopes in the lowland and montane zones; rare on S Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland; S to NW CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Nothochelone nemorosa

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 60 1095 1910
Slope Gradient (%) 14 47 80
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
60 197 330
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: CWH(8), ESSF(8)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Penstemon nemorosus (Douglas ex Lindl.) Trautv.

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