Mimulus species

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Scientific Name Mimulus guttatus USDA PLANTS Symbol
MIGU
Common Name Yellow Monkeyflower, Common Monkeyflower ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
33236
Family Phrymaceae (Lopseed), formerly Scrophulariaceae Jepson
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine; wet areas in meadows, along streams and seeps, mossy areas.
Plant: Erect annual or perennial 2 to 22 inches tall; weak, hollow stems.
Leaves: Deep green, opposite, ovate to round with irregular, crenate margins; lower leaves short-petiolate, upper sessile.
Inflorescence: Terminal racemes of multiple flowers, usually 5 or more, intermediate pairs of blossoms on pedicels rising from pair of opposite bracts; flowers two-lipped yellow, tubular, 3/8 to 1 inch long; upper lip two-lobed, larger lower lip is 3-lobed with a few to several reddish-brown spots, and bearded throat.
References: Descr. adapted from Jepson eFlora, www.americansouthwest.net, and SEINet.
Colorado Status
Native
Scientific Name Mimulus tilingii USDA PLANTS Symbol
MITI
Common Name Subalpine Monkeyflower ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
503850
Family Phrymaceae (Lopseed), formerly Scrophulariaceae Jepson
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine to alpine; 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.
Notes: Some authorities do not consider M. tilingii a separate species from M. guttatus.
References: Descr. adapted from Jepson eFlora, www.americansouthwest.net, and "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
Colorado Status
Native

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