Mimulus glabratus (Round-leaf Monkey Flower)
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|Habitat:||sun; wet; shallow water, cold springs, calcareous fens|
|Bloom season:||June - August|
|Plant height:||6 to 18 inches|
|Wetland Indicator Status:||GP: OBL MW: OBL NCNE: OBL|
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The ½-inch bright yellow flowers are highly irregular with two upper lobes and three lower, and emerge from upper leaf axils on short stems.The lower lip is hairy (bearded) into the throat with two reddish-brown spots at the base.
Leaves and stem:
Leaves are smooth to slightly hairy on upper leaf surface. The leaves are opposite and generally round with smooth to slightly toothed edges, are ¼ to 1 inch in diameter with lower ones on short stems while upper leaves clasp the stem. Stems are smooth to sparsely hairy, diffusely branched and often very red.
The stems of Round-leaf Monkey Flower are weak so it tends to grow prostrate but may be ascending, sometimes just at the tips. While not as commonly encountered as the blue Allegheny Monkey Flower (M. ringens), this smaller yellow flowered species ranges from almost the arctic circle to S. America. Mimulus is one of the species that was formerly in the Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) family and is now in Phrymaceae (Lopseed).
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Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk, taken at Pine Bend Bluffs SNA, Dakota County, MN
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