Mimulus tilingii

(Subalpine Monkeyflower)

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Mimulus tilingii, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 0841

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Mimulus tilingii, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 2342

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Mimulus tilingii, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 2354

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Mimulus tilingii and Philonotis fontana moss, Loveland Pass, Clear Creek Co. 0755

Scientific Name Mimulus tilingii USDA PLANTS Symbol MITI
Common Name Subalpine Monkeyflower ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 503850
Family Phrymaceae (Lopseed), formerly Scrophulariaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (9500 to 13000 ft.); wet areas in meadows, along streams and seeps, mossy areas.
Plant: Erect annual or perennial 1 to 14 inches tall; weak, hollow stems.
Leaves: Deep green, opposite, elliptic or ovate to round with dentate to entire margins; lower leaves short-petiolate, upper may be sessile.
Inflorescence: Clusters of 1 to less than 5 flowers each rising on pedicels from a pair of opposite bracts; flowers two-lipped yellow, tubular, 2/3 to 1-1/4 inches long; upper lip two-lobed, larger lower lip is 3-lobed with a few to several pale reddish-brown spots, and bearded throat.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Jepson eFlora and American Southwest
Notes: Some authorities do not consider M. tilingii a separate species, rather an alpine form of M. guttatus.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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