Scientific Name:
Myosotis arvensis (L.) Hill, Veg. Sys. 7: 55 (1764)
Vernacular Name(s):
field forget-me-not

Usually biennial, sometimes annual herb. Stems usually numerous and erect, up to c. 30 cm high, angled. Lower lvs sessile, to c. 8 × 2 cm, oblanceolate to oblong, hairy on both surfaces; hairs not hooked; apex obtuse; upper lvs similar but smaller. Cymes ebracteate, elongating to slightly > leafy part of stem after flowering. Pedicels 1 to nearly 3× length of calyx at fruiting. Calyx 3–5 mm long, elongating to c. 7 mm at fruiting; hairs spreading, often hooked towards base; lobes ± triangular, c. 1/2 length of calyx. Corolla tube < calyx; limb c. 3 mm diam., concave, blue; lobes entire. Style very short. Nutlets 1.5–2.5 × 0.75–1 mm, ovoid, acute, dark brown or black; rim present.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Oct.–May.