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Yellow Monkeyflower, Common Monkeyflower, Seep Monkeyflower - Mimulus guttatus


Family: Phrymaceae - Lopseed Family Genus Common Name: Monkeyflower Native Status: NativeDicot Annual Perennial Herb
Mimulus guttatus - Yellow Monkeyflower, Common Monkeyflower, Seep Monkeyflower. According to the USDA Plants Database, there are 18 subspecies or varieties of Mimulus guttatus, a highly variable plant. This can make it difficult to distinguish from some of the other species, but I'm fairly confident of this identification. It is found throughout much of the western half of the United States, along with a few disjunct populations back east. It grows along streams and in wet areas, even seasonally wet, which gives it the common name "Seep Monkeyflower."

Found in:
AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, ID, MI, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, NY, OR, PA, SD, UT, WA, WY

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Mimulus guttatus

Distribution of Mimulus guttatus in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 19 Aug 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Lucky Peak Area, Boise Foothills, Ada County, ID Date: 2011-June-12Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D7000
The Common Monkeyflower blossom has red spots and hairs on the lower lip which is made up of two joined petals. It is also known as the Yellow Monkeyflower for obvious reasons, although several monkeyflowers have bright yellow blossoms.
Mimulus guttatus

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