Death Valley Monkeyflower

Mimulus rupicola

Mimulus rupicola

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).

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