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Monkey Flower - a weed (*Mimulus guttatus).
Native of North America.
Occurrence: An uncommon weed of the Ballarat-Daylesford Area.
- the leaves resemble mint leaves, are stalkless and grow in opposite pairs
- the flowers are held above the leaves
- the calyx at the base of the petals (red in the top photo) is tubular with five angles and has five teeth
- the yellow flowers are tubular with red spots.
It is a garden escape. The large, broad, mint-like leaves and showy yellow flowers are distinctive.
Photos 1: Mid summer. Only a few flowers remain. The flowering stem is elongated and the papery calyces
2, 3: Monkey Flower in bloom. Late October. All: Along the Yarrowee River, Nerrina.