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February 17, 2023

Flowering species of the monkeyflower plant

Flowers belonging to the genus mimulus, or the monkeyflower plant, come in a great diversity of colors. A single mutation in the monkeyflower’s genome can create an entirely new species with a unique flower color and shape.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant IOS 1827645.]

Learn more in the University of Connecticut news story Yellow Evolution: Unique Genes Led to New Species of Monkeyflower. (Date of image: Feb. 10, 2023; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Feb. 17, 2023)

Credit: Yuan Mimulus Lab; Pete Morenus/UConn

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