Mimulus taxonomy

An excellent resource provided by Guy Nesom et al. (source: http://www.mimulustaxonomy.net/)


1. Overview of Phrymaceae genera
An explanation of why the family is named Phrymaceae and why monkeyflowers have been divided into segregate genera, with Mimulus in the strict sense reduced to only a few species.

2. Erythranthe sect. Simiola –– classification and relationships
An informal infrasectional classification is outlined and also displayed as a diagram showing hypothetical relationships.

3. Distribution maps
County-level range maps are available for many Erythranthe species. All species of Erythranthe are listed, with a link to a map where available. Diplacus species will be added when possible.

4. Using names in the genus Mimulus
For those who want to be precise in identification but continue referring to all monkeyflowers as “Mimulus” –– even those newly described in a segregate genus or otherwise without a formal name as Mimulus –– a simple, informal procedure is suggested.

5. Recent taxonomic literature
An account of taxonomic studies in Phrymaceae published mostly since about 2000 (but also including some significant earlier ones). Most earlier studies are included in cited references in the recent papers. Many of the listed publications are linked to pdf’s.

6. Conspicuous problems and interesting directions (including herbarium surveys)



* This site is temporarily autonomous –– to be joined to the new “Mimulus Community” website whenever the latter is posted. 1 July 2014.


Guy Nesom, guynesom@sbcglobal.net

Naomi Fraga, nfraga@rsabg.org

Steve Schoenig, Steve.Schoenig@wildlife.ca.gov



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