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.
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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