Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Ipomopsis tenuituba, Slendertube Skyrocket

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Scientific Name: Ipomopsis tenuituba
Common Name: Slendertube Skyrocket
Also Called: Slendertube Ipomopsis, Slendertube Skyrocket, Slender-tube Skyrocket
Family: Polemoniaceae, Jacob’s Ladder or Phlox Family
Synonyms: ()
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial, dies after flowering.
Size: Up to 4 feet more or less.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; subshrub; stems erect, without hairs or slightly pubescent.
Leaves: Green; basal and cauline, basal leaves pinnately lobed.
Flower Color: Purplish-pink, white, lobes with darker-purple, showy flowers, flower lobes speckled; floral tube is long and slender, inflorescence with 3 or more (7) flowers, calyx lobes narrow, anthers yellow; fruit a capsule.
Flowering Season: May to September, March to May in California.
Elevation: 5,000 to 8,500 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Gravelly to rocky slopes, open coniferous forests.

Recorded Range: Slendertube Skyrocket is found generally in the southwest and northwest parts of the United States in AZ, CA, CO, NV, OR, ID, UT and WY. In Arizona it is limited in distribution to Pima County.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Ipomopsis Ipomopsis tenuituba.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.

Genus Information: The USDA lists 26 Species and 53 accepted taxa overall for the genus Ipomopsis in North America: 14 species in Arizona and New Mexico; 7 species in California and 9 species in Texas (subject to revision).

The Plant List includes 29 accepted species names world-wide for Ipomopsis.

There are 2 sub-species in Ipomopsis tenuituba as follows:

Ipomopsis tenuituba subsp. latiloba, Slendertube Skyrocket (AZ, UT);
Ipomopsis tenuituba subsp. tenuituba, Slendertube Skyrocket (CA, CO, NV, OR, ID, UT, WY)

Comments: Slendertube Skyrocket hybridizes with Skyrocket, (I. aggregata). The type species is from the Santa Catalina Mountains (Peebles et. al. 2522).

In Southwest Desert Flora also see Skyrocket, Ipomopsis aggregata, Flaxflowered Ipomopsis, Ipomopsis longiflora, and Manyflowered Ipomopsis, Ipomopsis multiflora.

Date Profile Completed: 05/19/2016, updated format 09/30/2017
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search (accessed 05/18/2016)
Arizona Flora, Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California as Gilia aggregata var. macrosiphon p. 693 and p. 1067.
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 05/18/2016).
1993, The Jepson Manual, Citation: (accessed 05/19/2016),5784,5797
SEINet for synonyms, scientific names, recorded geographic locations and general information
NatureServe Explorer, (accessed 05/18/2016).