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Monkeyflower, Mimulus guttatus


Short description of Mimulus guttatus, Monkeyflower

Monkey flower is a tall, upright plant with opposite, slightly fleshy and strongly toothed, sessile or shortly petiolate leaves which produces large, showy yellow flowers. It is very stoloniferous and so tends to form extensive stands in suitable conditions.

Description of Mimulus guttatus, Monkeyflower status in GB

Monkey flower is established throughout most suitable habitat in GB, it is absent only from extensive areas of East Anglia and the East Midlands.

Habitat summary: Mimulus guttatus, Monkeyflower

In its native region, it occurs in marshland, high altitude meadows and on the banks of streams and pools. In Europe, it grows along streams, ditches, rivers and lakes, in wet pastures; and occasionally on disturbed ground. 

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Western Canada, Western half United States, Alaska United States
Functional type: Land plant
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: v.c.35
Date of first record: 1824

Distribution map

GB Distribution from BSBI

Author's name:

R.V. Lansdown

Last updated:

August 8th, 2011

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