A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Lewis Monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii)

Berkeley Park Meadow, Mount Rainier N.P., WA 8/2011.

“With erected ears and extended jowels, this gaping, grinning ape of the damp, grassy jungle greets us cutely with its impudent, animated poise… an exaggerated grin (gives) rise to its Latin name, which is derived from the greek mimus, a small, mimicking ape or buffoon. ”  F.W. Stack Wildflowers Every Child Should Know (1909).

Named after Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.


2 responses

  1. And it reminds me to another native, prairie agalinis, that in the same family as the monkeyflower:


    October 14, 2011 at 4:50 am

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