Death Valley Monkeyflower
Color: Pale pink
Common name: Death Valley Monkeyflower
Latin name: Mimulus rupicola
Height: .3-6.5 inches
Description: Mimulus rupicola is a perennial herbaceous plant with faintly pinkish flowers with a magenta-purple spot on each lobe.
Leaf: The leaves are oblanceolate 2-6 cm long.
Range: n Desert Mountains (Cottonwood, Funeral, Grapevine, Last Chance, n Panamint ranges)
Habitat: UNCOMMON. Limestone crevices
Elevation: 300–1800 m.
Flowering time: Feb–early Jun
Notes: Although quite rare, the Death Valley monkeyflower can be found in shaded limestone crevices on steep canyon walls in the mountains bordering Death Valley, and the sky islands in the northern Mojave Desert. This photo was taken on May 17, 2011 in the Last Chance Mountain Range, Death Valley National Park, Inyo County, California. Mimulus rupicola, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California alone. It is included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 4.3 (limited distribution).
SEARCH THIS SITE
Past Wildflower Season Videos
click on links below
Wildflower Field Guide - find flowers by color
Click here to see current desert temperatures!
DesertUSA is a comprehensive resource about the North American deserts and Southwest destinations. Learn about desert biomes while you discover how desert plants and animals learn to adapt to the harsh desert environment. Find travel information about national parks, state parks, BLM land, and Southwest cities and towns located in or near the desert regions of the United States. Access maps and information about the Sonoran Desert, Mojave Desert, Great Basin Desert, and Chihuahuan Desert.