Common Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus)
The latin translates to “little mimic.” Supposedly, the flower’s shape resembles a monkey’s face (we don’t see it either), with the red spots on the flower’s throat being it’s “smile.” The arrangement of the upper and lower petals, or “lips” is indicative of the figwort family. The hollow stems of this flower are square in cross section. Like the pink variety, Minimus lewisii, these are never far from water, be it visible or hidden.
At Rowena Plateau, a barely-there creek forms a river of yellow monkeyflower in the grassy fields.