Mimulus moschatus Lindl.
Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites
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Sticky-hairy clumps that grow up to 10 to 40 cm tall. The leaves are pale green and small (10 to 40 mm long) with a short petiole. The yellow flowers are up to 20mm long.
Lower North Island and throughout the South Island, absent from Auckland and Northland.
Lowland to montane regions, alongside streams and rivers, in seepages and swamps.
Glandular-hairy perennial herb forming sprawling mats. Leaves opposite, lanceolate to ovate up to 5 x 2.5 cm in length and width. Leaves toothed or entire with a short petiole. Flowers yellow, up to 2 cm long, with a long corolla tube, throat open with five rounded lobes. Seed capsule 5 mm long, ovoid
Similar in appearance to E. guttata which is larger in all parts. It is not sticky-hairy perennial and has red blotches on its flowers.
November to March
Mainly seed dispersal by water movement and dumped soil.
W. North America
Reason for introduction
Ornamental pond and garden plant.
Rarely problematic. Can be controlled manually, mechanically or herbicidally depending on situation.
Factsheet prepared by Paul Champion and Deborah Hofstra (NIWA).
References and further reading
Johnson PN, Brooke PA (1989). Wetland plants in New Zealand. DSIR Field Guide, DSIR Publishing, Wellington. 319pp.
Popay et al (2010). An illustrated guide to common weeds of New Zealand, third edition. NZ Plant Protection Society Inc, 416pp.