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Family: Boraginaceae
Myosotis sylvatica

Citation: Hoffm., Deutschl. Fl. 61 (1791) subsp. sylvatica.

Synonymy: Myosotis arvensis

Common name: Wood forget-me-not.

Biennials to perennials to 40 cm high, often much-branched each branch terminating in an inflorescence, with an indistinct basal rosette, with an indistinct tap root, covered with spreading hairs near the base becoming forward-directed to appressed on the inflorescence and scarcely broadened at their base; leaves petiolate and oblanceolate in a loose basal rosette becoming sessile, elliptic to lanceolate below the inflorescence, 2-8 x 0.8-3 cm, obtuse rarely acute at the apex.

Inflorescence with 1-7 monochasia with flowers more or less loosely arranged, with pedicels to I cm, erect, without bracts; sepals less than half their length connate, c. 3 mm long or to 5 mm when fruiting, with lobes narrowly triangular, acute; covered with forward-directed appressed hairs and short spreading hooked hairs near the base; corolla funnel-shaped, bright-blue with an orange throat, glabrous, 5-6 mm long, with bilobed saccate protrusions in the throat; lobes broadly oblong-obovate, 3-5 mm long, with a rounded to almost truncate apex; stamens inserted just below the throat of the corolla tube, with anthers sessile, elliptic, c. 1 mm long, each with a rounded terminal appendage; ovary 4-lobed with a style inserted near the base, slender, c. 1.5 mm long, longer than the calyx tube, with an indistinct terminal stigma.

Mericarps ovoid, unevenly laterally compressed, with a keeled ridge, smooth and blackish-brown.

image of FSA3_Myosotis_syl.jpg Habit, half flower and mericarp in two views.
Image source: fig. 540C in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Ross-Craig (1965), Drawings Brit. Pl. 21:pl. 14.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: SL, SE.   N.S.W.; Vie.; Tas.   Native to Europe except in its extreme north and south.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Sept. — Dec.

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