Diplacus calycinus, Kaweah River Bush Monkeyflower
Diplacus calycinus, Rock Monkey Flower
Close up of Diplacus calycinus
A hummingbird view of Diplacus calycinus. The power of the monkey in the flower.
This monkey flower is a little startling to see; a lovely butter-yellow-flowered monkey flower in full sun amongst the cacti and saltbush! We saw it in the Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Joshua Tree Woodland and in full Creosote Woodland amongst the barrel cacti. It will perform fine in the desert if given some summer water. I find it fascinating that the coastal form, D. longiflorus var. longiflorus, is MUCH more cold tolerant, more drought tolerant, and more heat tolerant. Diplacus calycinus is garden tolerant and makes a great flower show. Commonly found in rock crevices or under boulders. Syns: Mimulus aurantiacus var. aurantiacus, Diplacus longiflorus var, calycinus, Diplacus longiflorus ssp. calycinus) Click here for more about Monkeys in California