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Mimetanthe pilosa

Higher Taxonomy
Family: PhrymaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Habit: Annual to shrub. Stem: ×-section generally round. Leaf: opposite, simple, generally entire or toothed; stipules 0. Inflorescence: spike, raceme, or panicle, bracted, or flowers 1--2 in axils. Flower: bisexual; calyx radial or +- bilateral, tube long, generally ribbed, lobes 5; corolla generally bilateral, generally 2-lipped, upper [1]2-lobed, lower 3-lobed; stamens 4 in 2 pairs, epipetalous, included or exserted; pistil 1, ovary superior, chambers 1--2, placentas parietal or axile, style 1, stigma lobes 2, flat, folding together when touched. Fruit: generally capsule, generally ellipsoid, loculicidal [indehiscent, 1-seeded].
Genera In Family: +- 12 genera, 200 species: +- worldwide, many habitats; some cultivated as ornamental (e.g., Diplacus, Erythranthe). Formerly included in Scrophulariaceae. Note: Family description by David J. Keil.
eFlora Treatment Author: Naomi S. Fraga [TJM2 author David M. Thompson]
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: MimetantheView Description 


Species In Genus: 1 species: w United States, Mexico (Baja California). Etymology: (Greek: imitator flower)
eFlora Treatment Author: Naomi S. Fraga [TJM2 author David M. Thompson]
Reference: Barker et al. 2012 Phytoneuron 39:1--60.
Mimetanthe pilosa (Benth.) Greene
Habit: Annual 2--35 cm, densely long-soft-wavy-hairy. Leaf: 10--30 mm, lanceolate to oblong. Flower: pedicel generally 10--15 mm; calyx 6--7 mm, densely hairy, lobes unequal, 3--4 mm, +- = tube, obtuse; corolla semi-persistent, shriveling on the developing capsule, yellow, tube-throat 7--8 mm; placentas parietal. Fruit: 4--7 mm, chambers 2, dehiscent along the distal 1/3--1/2 both sutures, placentas fused. Seed: many, generally < 1 mm, ovoid, +- yellow to dark brown.
Ecology: Moist, sandy areas, especially by small streams, disturbed areas; Elevation: < 2600 m. Bioregional Distribution: CA-FP, SNE, DMtns; Distribution Outside California: to Washington, Utah, Arizona, Baja California. Flowering Time: Apr--Aug
Synonyms: Herpestris pilosa Benth.; Mimulus pilosus (Benth.) S. Watson;
Jepson eFlora Author: Naomi S. Fraga [TJM2 author David M. Thompson]
Reference: Barker et al. 2012 Phytoneuron 39:1--60.
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Citation for this treatment: Naomi S. Fraga 2018, Mimetanthe pilosa, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, Revision 6,, accessed on January 20, 2019.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2019, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on January 20, 2019.

Mimulus pilosus
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Geographic subdivisions for Mimetanthe pilosa:
CA-FP, SNE, DMtns;
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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