Mimulus guttatus


Genus Mimulus
Species guttatus
Common Name Seep (yellow) monkeyflower
Abbreviation M. guttatus
Description Seep Monkey Flower is a yellow bee-pollinated wildflower that grows along the banks of streams and seeps in western North America and throughout most of California. It is also well liked by hummingbirds. This is a highly variable plant, taking many forms. It is a species complex in that there is room to treat some of its forms as different species by some definitions. Both annual and perennial forms occur throughout the species' range. It is found in a wide range of habitats including the splash zone of the Pacific Ocean, the geysers of Yellowstone National Park, alpine meadows, serpentine barrens, and even on the toxic tailings of copper mines. It is sometimes aquatic, its herbage floating in small bodies of water. It has been a model organism for studies of evolution and ecology. There may be as many as 1000 scientific papers focused on this species. The flowers are yellow-gold and snapdragon-shaped. In the garden it is probably best treated as an annual that will re-seed itself. It's main requirement is constantly moist soil. (calscape.org)
Chromosome Number 14
Ploidy 2n (diploid)
Genome Size 450Mb