Lewis Monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii)
Named after Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-1806.
“With erected ears and extended jowls, 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).