MUSK

Mimulus moschatus

Monkeyflower Family [Phrymaceae]

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9th Sept 2016, Middlemoor, Lofthouse, Nidderdale, Yorks. Photo: © RWD
As with all Monkeyflowers, Musk grows in shallow wet places and besides streams, and here is no exception, on the moors at just below 400m beside a slow-flowing wet flush with rushes nearby.


9th Sept 2016, Middlemoor, Lofthouse, Nidderdale, Yorks. Photo: © RWD
The flowers are smaller and not as conspicuous as are those of other Monkeyflowers.


9th Sept 2016, Middlemoor, Lofthouse, Nidderdale, Yorks. Photo: © RWD
With stems decumbent or ascending.


9th Sept 2016, Middlemoor, Lofthouse, Nidderdale, Yorks. Photo: © RWD
Your Author failed to notice that the five petals were slightly zygomorphic and first incorrectly thought they were some kind of Primula such as Cowslip (Primula veris).


9th Sept 2016, Middlemoor, Lofthouse, Nidderdale, Yorks. Photo: © RWD
But the leaves are nothing like those of any Primula, but very much like those of some other Monkeyflowers, but with a narrower aspect ratio. A rush stalk with inflorescence passes on the left.


9th Sept 2016, Middlemoor, Lofthouse, Nidderdale, Yorks. Photo: © RWD
Leaves paler green than those of other Monkeyflowers and more deeply and irregularly toothed. Flowers have long tubes enclosed within long sepal tubes before opening out.


9th Sept 2016, Middlemoor, Lofthouse, Nidderdale, Yorks. Photo: © RWD
The whole plant is covered in glandular hairs. Corolla petals rounded and almost equal in length, but the upper two are slightly smaller and held at a differing angle.


9th Sept 2016, Middlemoor, Lofthouse, Nidderdale, Yorks. Photo: © RWD
Teeth on leaves irregular, blunt to rounded, sometimes cuspidate.


9th Sept 2016, Middlemoor, Lofthouse, Nidderdale, Yorks. Photo: © RWD
The calyx teeth are approximately equal length. Flower hairy inside, with only small reddish-orange markings. Corolla less than 2.5cm across.


9th Sept 2016, Middlemoor, Lofthouse, Nidderdale, Yorks. Photo: © RWD


16th June 2015, a windy hilside. Photo: © Annie Honjo
A higher density of flowering than the specimen your Author found.


Easily confused with : Flower () [a plant of similar name]

Not to be semantically confused with : Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans), Musk Stork's-bill (Erodium moschatum), Musk Orchid (Herminium monorchis), Greater Musk-mallow (Malva alcea), Musk Mallow (Malva moschata), Muoschatel (Adoxa moschatellina), Hautbois Strawberry (Fragaria moschata), Hairy Pennywort (Hydrocotyle moschata) or White Daffodil (Narcissus moschatus) [plants with similar names, either common names or scientific names, from differing genera and families - but whether they all smell musky is not known to your Author, but presumably most do (or once did?)]

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

It is claimed to have lost its musky (not to be confused with musty) scent sometime in the mid 19th Century, and no longer possesses this characteristic. But it is also claimed that only 50% of the population can detect any one musk scent in any case. [There are many natural molecules possessing a musk odour, many are macrocyclic lactones, macrocyclic ketones (which are more odorous) or other polycyclic molecules, some derived from 'animals' such as deer, muskrat, civets, musk duck, musk shrew, musk turtle and musk beetle, whilst others are derived from plants such as the plant described here, Musk, Muskwood (Olearia agrophylla) native to Australia, and Musk seeds from (Abelmoscus moschatus) native to India, and Garden Angelica (Angelica archangelica) which also musky-smelling contains macrocyclic lactones as well as other aroma compounds].


  Mimulus moschatus  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Phrymaceae  

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MUSK

Mimulus moschatus

Monkeyflower Family [Phrymaceae]