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Dwarf Purple Mimulus, Dwarf Purple Monkeyflower - Mimulus nanus


Family: Phrymaceae - Lopseed Family Genus Common Name: Monkeyflower Native Status: Native
Mimulus nanus - Dwarf Purple Mimulus, Dwarf Purple Monkeyflower. Formerly considered monotypic (single species in the family,) in current classifications Phrymaceae is a small plant family with under 200 species (compare to Asteraceae with over 22,000.) Within the past 10 years, based on research by Beardsley & Olmstead (2002), Mimulus and several other genera were placed in Phrymaceae.

Similar species - Mimulus lewisii is much taller and more leafy, with a more elongated corolla tube.

Found in:
CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, WY

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Mimulus nanus

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

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 30 Mar 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Kleinschmidt Grade, Adams County, ID Date: 2012-May-25Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
Usually deep pink or magenta with deep purple markings and two magenta-dotted yellow lines on the lower lip, but occasionally the blossom is entirely yellow with the magenta dots. It is a hairy plant growing to about 4 inches tall.
Mimulus nanus

Site: Kleinschmidt Grade, Adams County, ID Date: 2012-May-25Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Dwarf Purple Monkeyflower grows generally at altitudes of up to 7,000 feet in relatively moist areas in openings between shrubs and in disturbed soils.
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Mimulus nanus

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