John's Nature Pictures

Lewis's Monkeyflower

This nice plant decorates the edges of streams up in the high country of California. It also grows in other parts of the west, where the flowers are a dark purple color. Snapdragon is a strange name to me. It might come from the appearance of the flower as looking like a dragon getting ready to eat something. I can't imagine where monkeyflower came from.     Mimulus lewisii - California form  (Snapdragon family)

Picture #092 -  copyright © 1997 by John Sherman


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