GREAT FORGET-ME-NOT

SIBERIAN BUGLOSS

Brunnera macrophylla

Borage Family [Boraginaceae]

month8may month8jun month8june

status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8blue
inner
inner8white
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZspiked
stem
stem8round
stem
stem8ribbed
sex
sexZbisexual

15th April 2017, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
It is the leaves which are 'great', meaning large. It grows erect to 50cm high and the basal leaves with stem are only a little shorter than that 50cm!


15th April 2017, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The leaves are ovate (as shown by the leaves near top of photo) to cordate (as in the leaf at the bottom of the photo). The flowers are in dense terminal curled up cymes at first, before spreading out.


15th April 2017, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak


15th April 2017, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
Unopened flower buds are green and small.


15th April 2017, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The hairs are appressed to the stems. The tube at the rear which hides the anthers and style is quite short, shorter than the petals.


15th April 2017, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The flowers are in dense terminal curled up cymes at first (top left corner), before spreading out. The flowers have 5 blue petals with a white inner before the hole in the centre in which reside the sexual organs. The style is hidden within the short inner tube as are the stamens, which are of equal length. The corolla is between 3 to 8cm across and resembles those of the genus Myosotis (Forget-me-nots), hence the common name. The calyx (the small green lump behind the petals) is just 1mm long when the petals are open.


15th April 2017, unknown place. Photo: © Bastiaan Brak
The leaves are slightly bullate (have slightly raised or 'blistered' areas between the veins). [The flower can be mistaken for that of Blue-eyed-Mary (Omphalodes verna) but that has larger flowers between 10 to 15mm across and the leaves are not bullate (the leaf veins just go from centre-line to edge, without any cross-veins].


Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : The forget-me-not-like flowers with large leaves

It is NOT a Forget-me-not; it just looks like one!

In as far as the large leaves are concerned, both their shape and texture, it is similar to Abraham-Isaac-Jacob (Trachystemon orientalis).

The fruits (actually nutlets) of Great Forget-me-not are ridged (sorry, no photos).

It is a neophyte which is grown in gardens, occasionally naturalising on rough ground or in woods or tips, where it often self-sows. It is scattered in Britain, the Isle of Man and County Londonderry, Ireland.


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  Brunnera macrophylla  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Boraginaceae  

Distribution
 family8Borage family8Boraginaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Brunnera
Brunnera
(Great Forget-me-Not)

GREAT FORGET-ME-NOT

SIBERIAN BUGLOSS

Brunnera macrophylla

Borage Family [Boraginaceae]