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Erythranthe moschata

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: ErythrantheView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual or perennial herb, glabrous to hairy. Stem: generally erect. Leaf: generally +- sessile, 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; stigma lobes generally included. Fruit: generally ellipsoid, 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: +- 122 species: North America, Chile, eastern Asia. Etymology: (Greek: red flower) Note: Limb width measured between most distant points across corolla face.
eFlora Treatment Author: Naomi S. Fraga [TJM2 author David M. Thompson]
Reference: Barker et al. 2012 Phytoneuron 2012-39:1--60; Nesom 2017 Phytoneuron 2017-17:1--29
Erythranthe moschata (Lindl.) G.L. Nesom
Habit: Perennial herb, rhizomed, +- glabrous to densely slimy-hairy, generally musk-scented. Stem: 2--30 cm, +- spreading to erect. Leaf: petiole 0--15 mm; blade 10--50 mm, oblong to ovate, pinnately +- 5-veined. Flower: pedicel 10--40 mm; calyx 6--13 mm, +- glabrous to hairy, lobes equal, 2--5 mm; corolla yellow, tube +- cylindric, 2--4 mm wide except wider at mouth, tube-throat 11--18 mm, throat floor deeply grooved. Fruit: 3--7 mm. Chromosomes: 2n=32.
Ecology: Common. Seeps, streambanks, generally partial shade; Elevation: < 2900 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW, CaR, MP; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Rocky Mountains; naturalized in northeastern United States, Chile, Europe. Flowering Time: Jun--Aug Note: Plants with long stems and crowded internodes growing in serpentine soils in along the North Fork Feather River in Plumas County have been described as Erythranthe willisii G.L. Nesom.
Synonyms: Erythranthe inodora (Greene) G.L. Nesom; Erythranthe moniliformis (Greene) G.L. Nesom; Mimulus moschatus Lindl; Mimulus crinitus A.L. Grant; Mimulus discolor A.L. Grant; Mimulus guttatus DC. var. moschatus (Lindl.) Provancher; Mimulus leibergii A.L. Grant; Mimulus moniliformis Greene; Mimulus moschatus var. moniliformis (Greene) Munz; Mimulus moschatus Douglas ex Lindl. var. pallidiflorus Suksd.;
Jepson eFlora Author: Naomi S. Fraga [TJM2 author David M. Thompson]
Reference: Barker et al. 2012 Phytoneuron 2012-39:1--60; Nesom 2017 Phytoneuron 2017-17:1--29
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Citation for this treatment: Naomi S. Fraga 2018, Erythranthe moschata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, Revision 6,, accessed on December 17, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on December 17, 2018.

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Geographic subdivisions for Erythranthe moschata:
NW, CaR, MP;
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