Bigelow's Monkeyflower

Mimulus bigelovii

Bigelow's Monkeyflower

Flowers

The trumpet-shaped flower has a very narrow tube and a wide mouth. It is generally magenta or deep pink in color with darker red, purple, and yellow spots in the throat.

Description

Mimulus bigelovii is a hairy annual herb that produces an erect stem. The plant is variable in size and shape as well as color, the herbage being green to nearly red in

color. The tubular base of the flower is surrounded by a reddish-green or purple ribbed calyx of hairy sepals with long lobe tips.

Habitat

Rocky desert slopes, margins of washes

Region Deserts

East of Sierra Nevada, most Deserts

Bigelow's Monkeyflower

 

Photo tips

Most digital point-and-shoot cameras have a macro function - usually symbolized by the icon of a little flower. When you turn on that function, you allow your camera to get closer to the subject, looking into a flower for example. Or getting up close and personal with a bug. More on desert photography.

 

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