Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Mimulus suksdorfii Gray
- Family: Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)
- Flowering: May-August
- Field Marks: This monkey-flower differs from all others by being 4 inches to 2 feet tall, by its reddish sepals, by its 1/6-1/4 inch long yellow flowers that fall off shortly after opening, and by its glandular-hairy leaves and stems.
- Habitat: Moist or dry areas in pinyon-juniper woodlands or in sagebrush.
- Habit: Annual herb with a slender taproot.
- Stems: Upright or ascending, much branched, up to 2 feet tall, glandular-hairy.
- Leaves: Opposite, simple, linear to lanceolate, up to 3/4 inch long, up to 1/6 inch wide, pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, glandular-hairy, without teeth, often turning reddish, sessile or nearly so.
- Flowers: Usually borne singly in the axils of the leaves, the often curved stalks 1/3-1/2 inch long.
- Sepals: 5, green or reddish, united below to form a tube much longer than the lobes,
glandular-hairy, the tube 1/8-1/4 inch long, the lobes less than 1/24 inch long, broadly
ovate, not ciliate.
- Petals: 5, yellow with red spots, more or less 2-lipped, united below to form a short tube, 1/6-1/3 inch long.
- Stamens: 4.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth; stigmas 2.
- Fruits: Capsules ovoid, up to 1/6 inch long, barely longer than the subtending sepals; seeds numerous, yellowish, oblongoid.
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