Parish's Monkeyflower

Mimulus parishii

Mimulus parishii

Color: White to pale pink

Common name: Parish's monkeyflower

Latin name: Mimulus parishii

Family: SCROPHULARIACEAE

Height: 1-33 inches

Description: It is an annual herb with a stout, hairy stem. The narrow, tubular base of the flower is encapsulated in a ribbed calyx of sepals with pointed lobes. The five-lobed flower is white, often tinged with pink.

Mimulus parishii

Leaf: The oppositely arranged oval or widely lance-shaped leaves are up to 7.5 cm long.

Range: s Sierra Nevada, Southwestern California (and adjacent w Desert), n&e Desert Mountains (Granite, New York, Panamint mtns)

Habitat: Uncommon. Wet, sandy streamsides

Elevation: < 2100 m.

Flowering time: May‚ÄďAug

Notes: Mimulus parishii is a dicot that is native to California and is found only slightly beyond California borders. This photo was taken on July 2, 2006 in Whitewater Canyon, Riverside County, California.

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