Mimulus (Monkey Flowers)

Mimulus (Monkey Flowers)

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Monkey Flowers

Why are they called "Monkey Flowers"? I have no idea. (See Sequoia's comment below for the answer).

The genus Mimulus is a relatively large group being best represented in western North America, especially California. But there are also species native to Asia, Africa and Australia. Most are annual or perennial forbs, but a few shrubs are included. Habitats are usually wet, at least seasonally and range from forested stream sides in mountains to grasslands in arid canyons. Taxonomically it is a diverse group with some having large showy flowers that are easy to identify while others are very small and poorly defined. Several new species have been described in recent years, especially in the inland northwest U.S. Due to the classification problems with some subgroups no one can say for sure how many species there are, but most agree there are around 120 worldwide.

The genus name is diminutive of the Latin mimus, a mimic actor.

Show us your monkeys.


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tarol - Dec 15, 2006 3:40 am - Voted 10/10

Why are they called monkeyflowers?

"They are called monkey flowers due to the fact that when you squeeze them at the lower part of the flower, the flower opens, doing so repeatedly, gives the humorous illusion of a monkey." Source: wikipedia.org

Great album, I added a few photos :)


mrh - Dec 18, 2006 5:45 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Why are they called monkeyflowers?

Interesting. Thanks for the information. And thanks for adding your photos.

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