Common Monkey Flower (Mimulus guttatus)

Family: Scrophulaceae

Note, in the banner image above, the standing water at the left edge of the image. Monkey Flower, also called "seep-spring monkey flower", consistently appears in wet places (in this case, in the substantial seep flowing below the rain-filled Red Tank in March 2007). Below left, a view of the leaves, which are dark green, opposite and oval, with toothed margins; below right, close views of the flowers, which as Epple (1995:229) points out, show the "2 lobes of upper lip point[ing] upward, 3 lobes of lower lip point[ing] downward"; length is to 1 1/2" long. (click on each image to enlarge it)

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These were photographed in damp floodplain along the San Pedro River in April 2005 (click on each image to enlarge it):

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