Critically Imperiled Plant Profile (Not Listed or Proposed under the Endangered Species Act)
The genus Penstemon is a large one, especially diverse in western North America, with many local endemics. This species is a dwarf evergreen perennial, under four inches tall; shown here with a species of Indian paintbrush (Castilleja sp.) Photo by Dianne Fristrom.
The long tubular flowers of penstemons are generally visited by moths, hummingbirds, and bees; it is not documented which of these pollinates Tracy’s penstemon. Photo by Dianne Fristrom.
Tracy’s penstemon habitat is bare rocky ground in the high Trinity Alps of Northwestern California. Photo by Susan Erwin.
Penstemon tracyi range map.
Penstemon tracyi, Tracy’s beardtongue
- No threats are listed for any populations, but general lack of data may be the reason.
- Probably a short-lived perennial, making it vulnerable due to lowered reproductive ability.
National Forest and Grassland Occurrence