|Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon)
|Date Taken: 2007-07-25|
|Camera: Kodak Easyshare LS753|
|Exposure: f/3.0, 1/60 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-07-27 8:26|
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|I found these Pink Monkey Flowers along the trail to Elk Meadows in the Mount Hood Wilderness. Usually I see the Monkey Flowers in shades of yellow, and much smaller than these.|
I believe this variety is the Mimulus lewisii (Great Purple Monkey-flower)
Mimulus (monkey-flower or musk-flower) is a diverse plant genus of about 150 species currently placed in the family Phrymaceae. The genus has traditionally been placed in Scrophulariaceae. The removal of Mimulus from the family Scrophulariaceae has been supported by molecular studies of chloroplast DNA first published in the mid-1990s. Multiple studies of chloroplast DNA and two regions of nuclear ribosomal DNA suggest that the genera Phryma, Berendtiella, Hemichaena, Leucocarpus, Microcarpeae, Peplidium, Glossostigma, and Elacholoma are all derived from within Mimulus.
It is now recognized that there are two large groups of Mimulus species, with the largest group of species in western North America, and a second group with center of diversity in Australia. A few species also extend into eastern North America, eastern Asia and southern Africa. This enlarged group is a part of the newly redefined Phrymaceae. They are called monkey-flowers because if you squeeze them at the lower part of the flower, the flower opens, and doing so repeatedly gives the humorous illusion of a monkey.
Most of the species are annuals or herbaceous perennials, but a few species are subshrubs with woody stems; these are treated in the section Diplacus. Diplacus is clearly derived from within Mimulus, thus it should not be treated as a genus separate from Mimulus, as previously suggested. A large number of the species grow in moist to wet soils with some growing even in shallow water.
Mimulus species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Mouse Moth.
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We have plenty of those up here as well. Fine detail here Lori. Perhaps a bit of added contrast might help make it pop a bit more as the lighting here is pretty flat.