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Erythranthe moschata
musk-flower, musk-plant

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains; also in eastern North America.

Habitat: Stream banks, moist meadows and seeps, low to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from well-developed rhizomes, the lax stems 0.5-7 dm. long, often freely branching; herbage viscid-villous with flattened, shining white hairs, usually slimy, often musk-scented.


Leaves opposite, remotely toothed, pinnately veined, sessile or short-petiolate, the blade ovate to elliptic-ovate, 1-8 cm. long and 7-35 mm. wide.


Flowers solitary in the leaf axils on long pedicels; calyx 7-13 mm. long, viscid-villous, especially on the 5 rib angles, the 5 teeth pointed, 2-4 mm. long, the upper tooth a little larger than the others; corolla 1.5-3 cm. long, yellow, often with some dark lines or dots, only slightly bilabiate, the tube nearly cylindrical; stamens 4.



Accepted Name:
Erythranthe moschata (Douglas ex Lindl.) G.L. Nesom
Publication: Phytoneuron 2012-39: 1–60. 2012.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Erythranthe moniliformis (Greene) G.L. Nesom
Mimulus moniliformis Greene
Mimulus moschatus Douglas ex Lindl. [HC]
Mimulus moschatus Douglas ex Lindl. var. longiflorus A. Gray [KZ99]
Mimulus moschatus Douglas ex Lindl. var. moniliformis (Greene) Munz
Mimulus moschatus Douglas ex Lindl. var. moschatus [HC]
Mimulus moschatus Douglas ex Lindl. var. sessilifolius A. Gray [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Erythranthe moschata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Erythranthe moschata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Erythranthe moschata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Erythranthe moschata photos.

USDA Plants: Erythranthe moschata information.

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