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Mojave Monkeyflower
(Mimulus mohavensis )
Scrophulariaceae

Mojave Monkeyflower
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Description: Small, finely pubescent annual 4-7cm tall; stems erect, branched, reddish-purple; leaves eliptical to obovate, sessile 1 to 1.8cm long, soft hairs above, tips sharp pointed; corolla purple 13-15mm long, the slender tube expanding directly into the rotate lobes; corolla lobes dark purple with pale margins.

Distribution: Mojave monkey flower is known from San Bernardino County between Barstow and Victorville.

Habitat: Associated with creosote bush scrub communities, and is found on dry, sandy or rocky along the Mojave River between 700 and 1200m in elevation.  Has often been associated with creosote (Larrea tridentata), armed cassia (Cassia armata), desert bluebells (Phacelia campanularia), and desert trumpet (Eriogonum inflatum).

Flowering Period: April-June

Similar Plants: Mimulus bigelovii is similar, but distinguished by its much larger size (5-3dm) and flowers that are light purple with a yellow throat.

Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B

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Field Office: Barstow

 
Last updated: 08-05-2010