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Allegheny Monkeyflower
Scrophulariaceae
Mimulus ringens


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Scrophulariaceae Family

Mimulus Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Squarestem Monkey Flower, estuarine monkey-flower, Lavender Musk


Location

Throughout eastern North America.

Physical Description
Allegheny monkey flower (also commonly called square-stemmed monkey flower) is a rhizomatous, Missouri native, upright perennial which typically occurs in swampy areas, wet meadows, pond/stream banks and low woods throughout the State. Typically grows 1-3' (less frequently to 4') tall on erect, square, sometimes branching stems. Features lilac-purple, snapdragon-like flowers (to 1" long) with two-lipped, open-mouthed corollas. Flowers appear in pairs in the leaf axils on slender 1-2" long pedicels. Each flower purportedly resembles the face of a smiling monkey (hence the common name). Flowers bloom throughout the summer. Sessile, opposite leaves (2-4" long) are oblong to lanceolate and sharply-toothed


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Scrophulariaceae
Lamiales
Lamiales
Tounge Order (Mints)
Euasterids I
Euasterids I
Real Stars Group One
Asteridae
Asteridae
Class of Stars (Daisies)
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Native Indian tribes in North America had several uses for common monkeyflower (a close cousin to this type of Monkeyflower). A decoction of the stems and leaves was used as a steam bath for soreness in the chest or back. Sacagawea’s Shoshone tribe used a poultice of crushed leaves for rope burns or wounds. Other tribes used the plant in tea form for stomachache. Indians and early white settlers also ate the leaves raw or cooked and it is said to have a slightly bitter taste

Leaves and young shoots can be added to salads

Bumblebees visit the flowers for nectar. They are one of the few insects that are strong enough to force their way into the partially closed throat of the corolla. The caterpillars of the moth Elaphria chalcedona (Chalcedony Midget) feed on the foliage. Some authorities state that the caterpillars of the butterfly Euphydryas phaeton (Baltimore) feed on Monkey Flower, but this has not been observed in Illinois to my knowledge. The seeds are too small to be of much value to birds, while little appears to be known about the food value of this plant to mammalian herbivores. The foliage is neither particularly bitter nor known to be toxic





Allegheny Monkeyflower




Allegheny Monkeyflower


Comment: Allegheny Monkeyflower, Mimulus ringens

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gardengeek
gardengeek
June 04, 2010
Nice! I have a couple types of these. This Genus has been moved to the "Phrymaceae" family.
Insect Eating Monkeyflower:
  Lewis' Monkeyflower Lewis' Monkeyflower
Lewis' Monkeyflower
Insect-eating plant. M. lewisii is known to possess "flypaper-type" traps and is apparently protocarnivorous, supplementing its nutrients with small insects. Member of the Lopseed Family,


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