Michigan Monkey Flower

The Michigan Monkey Flower is a Yellow tube-like flower is found in cold calcareous springs, seeps, and streams around the Great Lakes. This species was discovered when a botanist was served a dinner plate along with the flower as a garnish. This led to the discovery of a new population of the species.
Recreational and residential development are main threats to this semi-aquatic species. An increase in construction along lakes and streams has destroyed monkey flower habitat, including three known populations of the flower. The monkey-flower needs flowing spring water but road construction and other activities that affect water drainage also affect the species. Michigan monkey-flowers now survive at only 12 sites in Michigan. Two-thirds of the plants are on private property.