Aug. 25, 2017

winged monkeyflower, Mimulus alatus

On August 24th last year, I went to Indiana to photograph winged monkeyflowers. They were no longer known in Michigan. It was a successful trip. That night, as I was going to sleep, it occurred to me that those plants looked a awful lot like a patch I had seen near here. I had seen them from high on a bank, looking down at a wetland, and assumed they were the usual blue monkeyflowers in the occasional light color variety. The next day, I went back there and discovered winged monkeyflowers in Michigan. The last record of them was on 8/27/1916. My discovery was two days short of 100 years! But now, the rest of the story. In December my copy of the Michigan Botany periodical arrived. There was an article about the discovery of winged monkeyflowers in southwest Michigan in 2015. Oh well, spoils that story. But it's still a pretty flower. Winged monkeyflowers grow in damp areas in AL, AR, CT(S), DE, FL, GA, IA(T), IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA(E), MD, MI(T), MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY(R), OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 8/24/17.