Seep Monkey Flower

Scientific Name:

Erythranthe guttata

Type:

Herbaceous Plant

Habitat:

Wetlands

Range:

Western and Great Plains states except for Kansas and Oklahoma

Status:

No listed status

This species is

NATIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

Seep monkey flowers have bright yellow flowers with small red dots on the center. The flower is bilaterally symmetrical with five petals that are fused into a cup, or mouth-like, structure. The leaves are bright green, with a broadly rounded shape and toothed edges. Seep monkey flowers grow two to five feet tall.

Fast Facts:

  • Seep monkey flowers have been utilized by numerous indigenous tribes for purposes such as food and medicine. Some of these uses include: 1) The Mendocino Indian Tribe in California used the leaves as a substitute for lettuce. 2) The Miwok Tribe in California boiled the leaves for food. 3) The Shoshone tribe used a poultice of crushed leaves as a remedy for wounds or rope burns.

  • Part of the name, “seep”, comes from the fact that they live in moist, riparian environments. A seep is a wetland that is formed when groundwater reaches the surface of the land.

  • Seep monkey flower grows in moist soils, and can grow in up to two feet of water. Their love for water makes these herbaceous plants common in wetland ecosystems.

  • Here in the Truckee Meadows, seep monkey flower can be found in the Mount Rose Wilderness. 

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Last Updated:

May 12, 2021, 11:13:21 PM