Mimulus lewisii Pursh
In the neighborhood of Glacier, British Columbia, where I first saw
this striking monkeyflower, it grew luxuriantly. Along the streams
about timberline it found the habitat most suited to it, for although it
never grew in water, it needed the cool drippings from melting snows
higher up the slopes to sustain its lush growth. The large richly
colored flowers were in pleasing contrast with the green leaves. I
never found the plant in the Rockies east of the Columbia River
The specific name was given in honor of Meriwether Lewis of the
celebrated Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Northwest. Although
dissimilar in aspect, the monkeyflowers belong to the same family as
the elephanthead, shown in the preceding plate— namely, the Fig-
Lewis monkeyflower is found from Colorado to Arizona, Califor-
nia, and British Columbia and locally eastward to Minnesota.
These specimens were gathered at an altitude of 3,500 feet.
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