Bolander's monkeyflower is a beautiful, densely
glandular-pubescent, erect annual that can grow up to 3' tall. The
stems are either simple or 1-several-branched. Munz's California
Flora says that this plant has a strong tobaccolike odor, but I
don't remember this being the case or whether I even smelled it. The
lowest leaves are generally glabrous while the upper ones are very hairy.
They are oblong to obovate, acute-tipped, and 3/4" to 2-1/4"
in length. The flowers are on short pedicels with calyces that
are densely-hairy and wide-ribbed with white intervening spaces. The
lobes are unequal with acute to acuminate tips. The corolla is
bilabiate, pink to red-purple or magenta with a fine pubescence on the outside, and a throat
floor that is white with purple spots. Bolander's
monkeyflower is a sometime resident of dry open places to 6500' or
so, especially on burns or in disturbed locations in chaparral, foothill
woodland and yellow pine forest, blooming from May to July. It
is primarily a species of areas to the north of us, but may be found
in the Coast Ranges from Santa Barbara Co. north, the Tehachapi Mts
and the Western Transverse Ranges. Its range must be expanding however
because these pictures were taken in a burn area north of Lake Arrowhead
in the San Bernardino Mts.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Diplacus 2)
Pronunciation: dip-LAH-kus BO-lan-der-eye.
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