A narrow endemic, known from 13 occurrences in and around the Arkansas River Canyon in Colorado. ?This?Penstemon?species faces several threats including recreation in US Forst Service lands, grazing, trampling, herbivory, and non-native plants.
Its inherent rarity makes P. degeneri particularly susceptible to stochastic events.
Eight populations are documented.
Germination protocols have been established.
There is no centralized management plan.
Research needs include understanding aspects of this species reproductive biology and ecology, mutualistic relationships and population dynamics.
Further surveys are needed to determine its distribution and abundance.
Additional seed collection for long-term seed-storage.
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