Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed
Mimulus moschatus - Musk Monkey Flower
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Family Name: Phrymaceae
Common Names: Musk Monkey Flower, Musk Flower
Origin: Native to California
Notes and Rarity Levels (if applicable, see "About This Project" for explainations of rankings): Formerly in Scrophulariaceae
Habitat: Wet soil, seeps, stream banks in partial shade. Below 2900 m.
Life Form and Duration: Perennial Herb, 5-70 cm
Comments on overall growth: Weak creeping branched stems, rhizomed. Plant surfaces densely slimy-hairy due to gland tipped hairs secreting a musky smelling slime. Plant feels wet and slimy/slick to the touch.
Foliage Description: Leaves opposite, simple, 1-6 cm long, upper leaves sessile on stem, lower leaves on short petioles to 1.5 cm long, oblong to ovate, pinnately veined, toothed.
Flower Description: Yellow tubular flowers found in leaf axils, 5-lobed, corolla 15-26 mm long, throat is narrowly bell shaped, spreading at mouth to be weakly 2-lipped, 2-4 mm wide at throat and wider at mouth, occasionally with dark lines or spots in throat.
Flowering Season: May-August
Fruit Type: Capsule, 4-9 mm
Fruit Description: Brown, with persistent calyx. Seeds spherical, yellowish to dark brown, less than 1 mm, many per capsule.