I thought I’d share a few photographs from recent trips before getting back to some of the series we had planned. I didn’t have an opportunity to plan out the urban biodiversity series last month, so that’ll occur sometime later this month along with a series on biodiversity and botanical gardens. For now, though, here is a species from the Siskiyous of southwest Oregon (and also occurring in parts of California).
Known as brownies or (my preference) purple mouse ears, Mimulus douglasii is a diminutive annual species growing no more than 5cm (2in.) in height. These photographs were taken on April 26 — the second cluttered image is to show habitat and context, since I know some BPotD readers appreciate that. It is also a species of serpentine or granitic soils.
The word Mimulus means “little mime” or “comic actor”; with very little imagination, you can see the resemblance to clowns and mimes by browsing through the various species in the Mimulus images on Flickr. Additional photographs of Mimulus douglasii are available from CalPhotos and Karen Phillips’ Flickr set from Rough and Ready Botanical Wayside.