Thursday, June 9, 2011

sticky monkeyflower ~ 06/09/11 ~ Pinnacles

sticky monkeyflower / bush monkeyflower
Mimulus aurantiacus
Phrymaceae (formerly Scrophulariaceae)

I'm surprised I haven't posted this plant on Nature ID before now. It is one of the most common flowers we see seemingly all year-round on the coast - I'll make a point to verify that it indeed blooms in the winter months. Here is one plant where the common name(s) may be better used than the scientific name. Some place this plant in a different genus, Diplacus. Others include separate species as synonyms, e.g., Diplacus grandiflorus, aka Mimulus bifidus, aka Mimulus aurantiacus. It's really quite confusing. And this doesn't even cover its new family inclusion. It's like keeping track of Hollywood celebrities and their kids who divorce, remarry, and have stage names - names and family relations are constantly changing.

ps 12/24/11 - John Wall recently captured pictures of sticky monkeyflower blooming in December.

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