Taxon  Report   5501 
Mimulus cardinalis  Benth.
Cardinal monkey flower,  Scarlet monkeyflower
Mimulus cardinalis
© 2003 Christopher L. Christie
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Mimulus cardinalis
© 2008 Thomas Stoughton
Mimulus cardinalis
© 2002 Lynn Watson
Mimulus cardinalis, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Mimulus cardinalis
© 2001 Jeff Abbas
Genus: Mimulus
Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities), wetland-riparian
Wetlands:Occurs almost always under natural conditions in wetlands [U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.]
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Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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PLANTS: Diplacus cardinalis
PLANTS: Erythranthe cardinalis
PLANTS: Mimulus cardinalis var. exsul
PLANTS: Mimulus cardinalis var. griseus
PLANTS: Mimulus cardinalis var. rigens
PLANTS: Mimulus cardinalis var. verbenaceus
PLANTS: Mimulus verbenaceus
More information about  Mimulus cardinalis
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2016. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Oct 24, 2016).

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