Kelso Creek Monkeyflower

Mimulus shevocki

Mimulus shevocki

Color: Yellow and maroon

Common name: Kelso Creek Monkeyflower

Latin name: Mimulus shevocki

Family: SCROPHULARIACEAE

Height: 3/4-8.5 inches

Description: Mimulus shevockii is an minutely hairy annual herb with a very slender, often red stem. The tubular base of the flower is encapsulated in a red or red-spotted calyx of sepals. The flower has a narrow tube throat and wide face, and is roughly a centimeter long. The corolla is divided into a deep maroon red upper lip and a wider lower lip which is yellow with red dots.

Leaf: The oppositely arranged oval leaves are no more than a centimeter long each and are sometimes fused together in pairs about the stem.

Range: w edge Mojave Desert (Kelso Creek), s Sierra Nevada Foothills (Cortez, Cyrus canyons, Kern Co.),

Habitat: Alluvial fans, dry streamlets, generally granitic soils

Elevation: 900–1300 m.

Flowering time: Apr–May

Notes: Mimulus shevockii is endemic to the southern Sierra Nevada in Kern County, California, where it is known from about 10 occurrences near Lake Isabella. It grows in granitic, alluvial soils in dry washes and Joshua tree woodlands where the Sierra Nevada transitions to the Mojave Desert. The plant sometimes hybridizes with its relative, Mimulus androsaceus. Mimulus shevockii is threatened by residential development, agricultural conversion, grazing, road maintenance, and vehicles and is included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 1B.2 — rare, threatened, or endangered.

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