Erythranthe minor

(Colorado Monkeyflower)

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Erythranthe minor, Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray Co.  8732

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Erythranthe minor, Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray Co.  8735

Scientific Name Erythranthe minor (Mimulus minor) USDA PLANTS Symbol MITIT
Common Name Colorado Monkeyflower ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. N/A
Family Phrymaceae (Lopseed), formerly Scrophulariaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine (10000 to 12000 ft.); wet areas in alpine tundra and along streams, lakesides and in ditches.
Plant: Erect perennial 2 to 8 inches tall; colony forming; branched stems, densely covered with minute hairs that may be gland-tipped.
Leaves: Opposite, broadly ovate to elliptic-ovate or lanceolate, 1/3 to 1-inch long and 1/5 to 5/8-inch wide; very short or no petiole; edges are shallowly dentate to denticulate; surfaces are smooth.
Inflorescence: Nodding flowers are two-lipped yellow, tubular, about 1/3-inch long; upper lip two-lobed, larger lower lip is 3-lobed with dense, fine hairs on upper surface and no reddish-brown spots.
Bloom Period: June to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Flora of North America.
BONAP Distribution Map

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Colorado Status:
Native

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