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Red Monkey-Flowers on Mount Revelstoke # 2584

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Date: 2002.09.04
Vantage Point: From Eva Lake Trail

Caption: The red monkey-flower [i](Mimulus lewisii)[/i] is a member of the figwort family.

PhotoDescr: Thanks to a late spring and a lingering summer, the alpine flowers were in full bloom along the Eva Lake Trail in Mount Revelstoke National Park even in early September. My thanks to Ben Gadd, author of The Handbook of the Canadian Rockies, for identifying this blossom. Graeme Pole, contributor and author of multiple guidebooks, and Christine Koch, B. C. government floriculture expert, both independently confirmed the Mimulus lewisii identification. These flowers, rare in Alberta, but more common in the British Columbia mountains, usually grow along mountain streams. This example was in a well-watered sloping meadow right beside the trail.

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