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Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus

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Family: PhrymaceaeView Description 

Habit: Annual to shrub. Stem: ×-section generally round. Leaf: opposite, simple, 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: +- 15 genera, 230 species: +- worldwide, many habitats; some cultivated as ornamental (e.g., Mimulus, Mazus). Formerly included in Scrophulariaceae. Note: Family description by David J. Keil.
eFlora Treatment Author: David M. Thompson
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: MimulusView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Glabrous to hairy. Stem: generally erect. Leaf: opposite, generally +- sessile, generally toothed or entire, generally green or +- red. Inflorescence: raceme, bracted, or flowers generally 2 per axil. Flower: occasionally cleistogamous; calyx generally green, lobes 5, generally << tube, generally unequal; corolla generally deciduous, white to red, maroon, purple, gold, or yellow, lower lip base occasionally swollen, +- closing mouth, tube-throat floor generally with 2 longitudinal folds; anther sacs spreading; placentas 2, axile or parietal; stigma lobes generally flat, generally included. Fruit: generally ovoid to fusiform, generally upcurved if elongate, generally +- fragile, loculicidal near tip (hard, indehiscent), chambers 1--2. Seed: many, generally < 1 mm, ovoid, +- yellow to dark brown.
Species In Genus: +- 100 species: North America, Chile, eastern Asia, southern Africa, New Zealand, Australia. Etymology: (Latin: little mime or comic actor, from face-like corolla of some species) Note: Limb width measured between most distant points across corolla face.
Species: Mimulus nanusView Description 

Habit: Annual 1--15 cm, +- puberulent to hairy. Leaf: 3--30 mm, oblanceolate to linear; lower surface +- purple; tip acute to rounded. Flower: pedicel 0.5--7 mm; calyx lobes +- unequal, acute to +- long-tapered, mouth in fruit +- oblique; corolla persistent, throat floor generally with 2 yellow folds surrounded by and generally dotted deeper magenta; stigma +- exserted; placentas parietal. Fruit: 3.5--12 mm. Chromosomes: 2n=16.
Note: Intermediates with Mimulus layneae occur in NW and southern SN.

Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus (Greene) D.M. Thomps.
Stem: lowest internodes +- longer than others, primary axis generally dominant, tufted at highest elevations. Leaf: dull olive-green, at least margins hairy. Inflorescence: fruit nodes +- evenly spaced. Flower: calyx 5--11 mm, at least veins hairy, lobes 1--3 mm; corolla magenta, dark red-purple, or yellow, tube-throat 11--19 mm, generally puberulent externally, limb 9--17 mm wide. Fruit: generally 6--12 mm.
Ecology: Openings in sagebrush or on disturbed slopes, generally around granite; Elevation: 1520--3445 m. Bioregional Distribution: SNH, s MP, SNE; Distribution Outside California: Nevada. Flowering Time: May--Aug
Synonyms: Mimulus mephiticus Greene; Mimulus angustifolius (Greene) A.L. Grant; Mimulus coccineus Congdon; Mimulus densus A.L. Grant; Mimulus reifschneiderae Edwin; Mimulus stamineus A.L. Grant; Mimulus washoensis Edwin; Mimulus wolfii Eastw.; Eunanus angustifolius Greene; Mimulus coccineus Congdon var. wolfii (Eastw.) D.W. Taylor
eFlora Treatment Author: David M. Thompson
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Citation for this treatment: David M. Thompson 2016. Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 06, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 06, 2016.

Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus
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