Scientific Name:
Myosotis L., Sp. Pl. 131 (1753)
Vernacular Name(s):
Annual, biennial or perennial, ± hairy herbs. Habit from cushion form to erect or sprawling. Infl. usually cymose, ebracteate or bracteate, often enlarged at fruiting. Calyx 5-toothed, often accrescent. Corolla ± rotate; tube short, infolded to form 5 scales at throat; limb of 5 equal lobes, patent or concave, contorted in bud, blue, purple, white, yellow, brown or orange. Stamens with anthers either partly below scales (sect. ) or wholly above them (sect. ). Ovary 4-celled; style slender. Nutlets 4, ovoid, brown or black, smooth and glossy, often with a distinct rim.
[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]
Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Number of species in New Zealand within Myosotis L.
Indigenous (Endemic): Extinct1
Indigenous (Endemic)42
Indigenous (Non-endemic)1
Exotic: Fully Naturalised6