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Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed

Growth Growth Form Leaves Flowers Flower Sideview

Mimulus aurantiacus ssp. aurantiacus - California Sticky Monkey Flower

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Family Name: Phrymaceae

Common Names: California Sticky Monkey Flower, Bush Monkeyflower, Orange Bush Monkeyflower

Origin: Native to California

Notes and Rarity Levels (if applicable, see "About This Project" for explainations of rankings): Formerly in Scrophulariaceae

Habitat: Dry, open, rocky slopes and cliffs surrounded by chaparrals, scrubs, woodlands, and forests, disturbed areas, below 3000 ft.

Life Form and Duration: Perennial Subshrub, shrub, 0.1-1.5 m height

Comments on overall growth: Erect spreading shrub

Bark and Stem Description: Stems may be glabrous to hairy

Foliage Type: Drought Deciduous

Foliage Description: Opposite, linear to obovate, 2-8 cm, toothed margin - edges generally rolled under, upper surface glabrous and generally sticky, dark green.

Infloresence Description: 1-several flowers in uppermost stem axils.

Flower Description: Flowers strongly bilateral, petals form a narrow tube enlarging to a funnel-shaped throat, 2-lipped (upper lip 2 lobed, lower 3 lobed). Colors varied, white, yellow, orange or red. Generally orange at Swanton. White style with 2-lipped stigma fringed with white hairs, when touched will visibly close.

Flowering Season: March-August

Fruit Type: Capsule

Fruit Description: Elliptical, splitting along upper suture, brown, seeds red brown and 1mm in size.

Plant Use: "The long blooming season makes for a reliable source of nectar, used by humming birds"

Common Associates: Eriodictyon californicum, Adenostoma fasiculatum, Quercus agrifolia, Quercus chrysolepis, Toxicodendron diversilobum, Arctostaphylos sp.