Erect Monkey Flower
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Erect Monkey Flower
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Erect Monkey Flower
Botanical name: Mimulus strictus    Family: Phrymaceae (Lopseed family)
Synonyms: Mimulus angustifolius

Erect Monkey Flower is a perennial herb, branched about the base, erect, ascending or decumbent, leafy, hairless, shining, 6-20 inches tall. Branches are tetragonal, leaves linear-oval or lanceshaped, bluntly narrowed at the tip, somewhat heart-shaped or blunt, or the lower wedge-shaped at the stalkless or nearly stalkless or shortly stalked base, nearly entire or repand or finely toothed, 1.2-6 cm long, 2-15 mm broad. Flowers are solitary in each axil, rather numerous, about 1 cm long, flower-cluster-stalks rather slender, mostly 1.2-3.7 cm long, calyx about 6 mm long in flower, 8-10 mm long in fruit, teeth short, triangular, pointed. Flowers are white or pink and white or white and delicately spotted with yellow. Capsules are oval, about 6 mm long. Erect Monkey Flower is widespread in Tropical Africa, India and Australia. It is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Nepal till altitudes of 1600-500 m. Flowering: February-May.

Identification credit: D.S. Rawat, J.M. Garg, Nidhan Singh Photographed in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh.

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