Mojave Monkeyflower

Mimulus mohavensis

Mimulus mohavensis

Color: Maroon

Common name: Mojave monkeyflower

Latin name: Mimulus mohavensis


Height: up to 4 inches

Description: Mimulus mohavensis is a small, hairy annual herb. The herbage is usually reddish green to red-purple in color. The tubular base of the tiny flower is encapsulated in a hairy, ribbed calyx of red sepals with pointed lobes. The flower has a flat face with five rounded, equal lobes. The corolla lobes are dark-veined pink at the bases and white at the edges.

Leaf: The oppositely arranged leaves are narrow oval in shape and under 3 cm in length.

Mimulus mohavensis

Range: Mojave Desert (near Barstow, San Bernardino Co.)

Habitat: Gravelly banks of desert washes

Elevation: 600–1000 m.

Flowering time: Apr–mid-May

Notes: The historical range of the plant was wider than it is today; many occurrences have been extirpated. The population sizes and abundance vary, as they probably depend on annual rainfall amounts. Mimulus mohavensis, 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 1B.2 — rare, threatened, or endangered.

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