EARLY FORGET-ME-NOT

Myosotis ramosissima

Borage [Boraginaceae]

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23rd April 2011, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
About 8 inches high with several flowering stems, growing in short grassland with two dozen other plants.


20th April 2011, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
A basal rosette of very few leaves and several stems with a cluster of very small flowers atop.


20th April 2011, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Whole plant covered in white hairs. Those on the stems are appressed (parallel touching the stem) hairs whilst those covering the rest of the plant stick out. Stem leaves without stems, lanceolate and single. Flowers in a curled-over bunch at the tip, typical of the Borage family.


23rd April 2011, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Flowers a striking sky-blue. Un-opened buds with five green but browning hairy sepals.


20th April 2011, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Five sky-blue petals, white in the middle, whilst the very centre is pure yellow.


20th April 2011, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Appressed hairs on stem. Five hairy sepals almost envelop the flower; the petal tubes shorter than the petals.


20th April 2011, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Flowers tiny and barely 3mm across; most between 1mm to 3mm.


20th April 2011, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Note slight lilac tinge on emergent sepal tube.


28th April 2012, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Centres change from yellow to orange as they begin to turn into fruits (fruit at centre bottom).


20th April 2011, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Basal leaves very few in number, very hairy, and mid-green.


23rd April 2011, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Leaves have a very slight V-bend down the centre-line.


23rd April 2011, Southport, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Rear of stem leaf; the pimples are where fine hairs emerge.


Confusingly, there are two differing species with the common name Early Forget-me-not: Myosotis dissitiflora and Myosotis ramosissima, the species shown. The former only grew in three hectads in Southern England sometime between 1930 and 1969, but hasn't been seen since.

Easily confused with : Changing Forget-me-not [which is also very low and likes dry habitats, but Changing Forget-me-not has flowers that change from yellow when opening, through to a paler brighter cream, and later ending up mid-blue]. Both Wood Forget-me-not and Field Forget-me-not are much taller, and although both still prefer dry places like Early Forget-me-not, one grows in woods, the other arable fields. Also, Field Forget-me-not has grey-blue flowers rather than the sky-blue of Early Forget-me-not.

Some similarities to : other members of the same Borage Family.

Likes to inhabit the coastal fringe although is also found well inland. Habitat includes bare or dry rocky places, preferring lime, and with an affinity for the dryish upper parts of old sand dunes. The flowers are tiny, between 1mm to 3mm across, and the whole plant is low and straggly, usually keeping below 5cm, but can reach 8 or 9 inches. The sepals spread when in fruit; the fruits brown. The fruiting part of the stem is much longer than the leafy part.


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EARLY FORGET-ME-NOT

Myosotis ramosissima

Borage [Boraginaceae]

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