Mimulus L.

Monkey Flower

Thought to derive either from the Latin mimus — actor, because the corolla markings resemble a face, or from mimo — ape referring to the ape-like gaping mouth.

Annual and perennial herbs and shrubs. Leaves opposite, entire or toothed. Flowers axillary or in spikelike clusters. Sepals 5, fused. Corolla 2-lipped, sometimes closed by a protuberance. Stamens 4, in 2 pairs. Capsule cylindrical.

Grown either as herbaceous perennials or, more often, as bedding annuals and pot plants.

Herbaceous species by division and softwood cuttings, woody species by semi-hardwood cuttings.

Mostly bedding plants with 2-lipped flowers and 4 stamens in 2 pairs.

About 150 species from the Americas and Asia.

Grant (1924).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Scrophulariaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Phrymaceae
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species         Mimulus ×hybridus Siebert & Voss