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Erythranthe gracilipes
Scientific classification
Genus:
Erythranthe
Species:
gracilipes

Erythranthe gracilipes is an uncommon species of monkeyflower known by the common name slenderstalk monkeyflower. It was formerly known as Mimulus gracilipes.

Distribution

It is endemic to California, where it is known only from a section of the central Sierra Nevada foothills.

Description

This annual herb has a scattered distribution, sometimes only growing after a habitat disturbance such as wildfire. This petite wildflower grows no taller than about 8 centimeters. The fuzzy stem has a few pairs of oppositely arranged reddish-green oval leaves each up to about a centimeter long.

The tubular throat of the flower is encapsulated in a hairy red calyx of sepals. The pink flower is no more than a centimeter long and wide. The upper lip has two notched lobes and the wider lower lip has three.

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