Musk-flower monkey flower as seen from Summit Prairie, Malheur National Forest...........August 20, 2011.
Musk-flowered monkey flower is a perennial with lax or prostrate stems from 5-70 cm long long. It is often freely branched and the herbage is often sticky-hairy with numerous slender, flattened, shining white hairs as seen above. The herbage tends to be slimy and sometimes strongly musk-scented. The stems are simple and pinnately veined with either short petioles or sessile. The leaf blades are ovate to elliptic-ovate or lance-ovate in shape. The blades range from 1-8 cm long and 7-35 mm wide.
The flowers have long stems. The calyx is 7-13 mm long with pointed lobes or teeth 2-4 mm long. The upper tooth or lobe of the calyx is slightly longer than the others. The calyx is glandular-hairy, especially on the 5 ribs. The corolla is 1.5-3 cm long, thin in cross-section, and yellow with some occasional dark lines or dots. The 5 lobes are barely two-lipped as the lobes spread widely.
Musk-flowered monkey flower is found in moist meadows from near sea level to medium elevations in the the mountains.
Musk-flowered monkey flower may be found from southern British Columbia south to California, and east to Montana, Utah, and Colorado.
Musk monkeyflower blooming on the receding shoreline of Bonny Lake, Eagle Cap Wilderness.......August 12, 2018.
-Foliage of musk monkeyflower observed in a riparian drainage about one quarter mile west of Box Canyon Creek, Simcoe Mountains Unit, Klickitat Wildlife Area........May 23, 2020.
Musk-flower monkey flower as seen from Stinger Meadows below High Rock in the Mt. Hood N.F..........July 20, 1994.