Musk monkeyflower as seen on a low sandbar along the Klickitat River at Beeks Canyon, Klickitat County, Washington.......July 21, 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.
In the Columbia River Gorge, it may be found between the elevations of 0'-4000' throughout the length of the Gorge.
Additional close-up photos of musk monkeyflower as seen on a low sandbar along the Klickitat River at Beeks Canyon, Klickitat County, Washington.......July 21, 2011.