A collection of flora from the pacific wonderland.

Common Monkeyflower (Mimulus guttatus)

Catherine Creek Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA. 4/2013.

Catherine Creek Trail, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, WA. 4/2013.

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.

Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR 4/2013

Rowena Plateau, Tom McCall Preserve, Columbia Gorge, OR 4/2013

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