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Harlequin monkeyflower
Scientific classification
  • Eunanus bicolor A.Gray
  • Mimulus nanus var. bicolor (A.Gray) A.Gray
  • Mimulus whitneyi A.Gray

Diplacus whitneyi is a species of monkeyflower known by the common name Harlequin monkeyflower. It was formerly known as Mimulus lewisii.


Diplacus whitneyi is endemic to the southern Sierra Nevada of California, such as below the Mount Whitney area. It grows in bare and disturbed habitat, such as exposed talus slopes and roadsides.


Diplacus whitneyi is an herb growing up to about 14 centimeters tall. The oval to linear leaves reach up to 2.3 centimeters long. The tubular base of the flower is encapsulated in a dark-ribbed calyx of hairy sepals with pointed lobes.

The flower corolla is between 1 and 2 centimeters in length and may be pink or yellow. It generally has longitudinal stripes in the mouth.

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