Erythranthe minor

(Colorado Monkeyflower)


Erythranthe minor, Blue Lakes Trail, Ouray Co.  8732


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.
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