Mimetanthe pilosa – False Monkeyflower

Mimetanthe pilosa - False Monkeyflower, False Monkey-flower

Mimetanthe pilosa - False Monkeyflower, False Monkey-flower

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Mimetanthe pilosa

Synonym: Mimulus pilosus

Common Names: False Monkeyflower, False Monkey-flower

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual

Growth Habit: Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Desert, Upland, Riparian. This small wildflower is usually found growing here in moist, sandy soil in riparian areas and wetlands.

Flower Color: Yellow

Flowering Season: Spring, Summer

Height: To 1 foot (30 cm) tall

Description: The flowers are on slender pedicels that emerge from the leaf axils. The individual flowers are only 1/4 inch (6 mm) wide and bell-shaped with a red-brown-spotted mouth and 5 lobes (2 upper and 3 lower). The leaves are green, hairy, sessile, opposite, narrowly oblong to lanceolate in shape, and have smooth, toothed, or scalloped margins. The plants are covered in fine, soft hair.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Scrophulariales
Family: Scrophulariaceae – Figwort family
Genus: Mimetanthe Greene – mimetanthe
Species: Mimetanthe pilosa (Benth.) Greene – false monkeyflower

More About This Plant

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