Lewis' Monkey Flower (Mimulus lewisii), Absaroka- Beartooth Wilderness, Montana, August 2013. (Mimulus lewisii) is named in honor of Meriwether Lewis. Lewis and Clark collected the flower in 1804 and it was subsequently described and named by the botanist
Frederick Pursh. Mimus is Latin for comedian and so named because the opening of the corolla reminded Pursh of the smiling face of a comic or monkey. The species “lewisii” is obviously after Meriwether Lewis. Mimulus lewisii may be translated to Lewis’ smiling flower. A member of the figwort or snapdragon family (Scrophulariaceae). 5D II, 100mm macro, ISO 200, 1/5 second @ f/18, image size 4785 x 3190 pixels.