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Downy Monkeyflower
False Monkeyflower

Mimetanthe pilosa
(Mimulus pilosus)

Downy Monkeyflower, Mimetanthe pilosa, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed along Mesquite Wash, Maricopa Co., Arizona. May 10, 2008. A higher resolution image has been uploaded to Wikimedia.

ANNUAL: Spring annual mostly less than 30 cm tall; generally growing erect.

LEAVES: Leaves are lanceolate and like the stems and sepals they are covered with soft hairs. The leaves are opposite on stems.

RANGE: Fairly common in the higher elevations ( above 600 meters) of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico mostly in deep sandy washes when subsurface water close is to the surface.

FLOWERS: Yellow, two-lipped flowers with four stamens and usually a couple of reddish spots on lower lip. Flowers are only about 8 mm long and bloom mostly mid spring through early summer.

FRUIT: Dry capsule with a number of seeds.


Scrophulariaceae -- Figwort Family

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