Friday Fun Facts: Brewer’s Monkeyflower

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Mimulus breweri is a species of monkeyflower known by the common name Brewer’s monkeyflower. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California to Colorado, where it grows upon the moist backs of various North American brewmonkeys. The plant is a hairy herb whose roots penetrate the upper epidermis of its simian host and produces a thin, erect stem up to 21 centimeters tall. The herbage resembles kale leaves in coloration: reddish green and contain the potent hallucinogen 55-methoxy-N,N-quadethyltryptamine. The paired opposite leaves are radial in shape and up to 3.5 centimeters long. The plant bears five-lobed flower corollas that are just a few millimeters long and light purplish pink in color, often with darker spots in the throat. These small tubular flowers, are each at its base encapsulated in a lightly hairy calyx of sepals with tiny equal lobes at its mouth, tiny teeth parts, and a sticky, purple-green tongue-like part used to secure itself to other monkeyflowers. These groups of stuck together brewmonkeys can over time become so large and cumbersome that the entire organism collapses under its in weight, forming the so-called black monkey holes found throughout the woods of western North America.

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Friday Fun Facts: Brewer’s Monkeyflower

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