MOUSETAIL

Myosurus minimus

Buttercup Family [Ranunculaceae]

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status
statusZnative
 
flower
flower8cream
 
inner
inner8green
 
morph
morph8actino
 
petals
petalsZ5
5(-7)
type
typeZspiked
 
type
typeZspurred
5(-7)
stem
stem8round
 
rarity
rarityZuncommon
 
sex
sexZbisexual
 

15th April 2011, field, Brighstone, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Likes to grow in damp arable fields.


15th April 2011, field, Brighstone, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The flowers reach up to 10cm high and have between 5 and up to 7 cream coloured petals, each peta; with a short spur beneath (apparently unseen here). The leaves emerge from a basal rosette and have round stems but near the end they flatten into a long row-boat paddle shape.


15th April 2011, field, Brighstone, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The 5 to 7 sepals are mostly between 3-4mm long, each having a small basal spur beneath. The petals also number 5-7 and are in the shape of tubular nectaries. The stamens number between 5 and 10. The style is hidden below and remains shorter than the plantain-like extending green body.


15th April 2011, field, Brighstone, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The 5 to 10 anthers are here the taller object from emerging between the expanding 'mousetail' and the sepals.


31st May 2008, Newton, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
When its not growing in arable fields it likes to grow in damp ground. You cannot get much damper than standing in shallow water!


31st May 2008, Newton, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
All ancillary flower parts have dropped off leaving the long sinuous 'mousetails' being the fruits of the plant.


31st May 2008, Newton, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone


unknown date, a farm, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Colin Pope
The basal rosette of leaves and the fertile 'mousetails' growing longer, the rightmost one still with some sepals.


Easily confused with : Flower () [plants with similar names belonging to differing families]

Not to be semantically confused with : Mousetail Plant (Arisarum proboscideum), the numerous mouse-ears such as Common Mouse-ear (Cerastium fontanum), Mouse-Ear Hawkweed (Pilosella officinarum) or other Mouse-ear Hawkweeds, nor with Foxtails such as Meadow Foxtail (Alopecurus pratensis), Lamb's-tail (Chiastophyllum oppositifolium), any Horsetails such as Field Horsetail (Equisetum arvense), Hare's-tail (Lagurus ovatus), Hare's-Tail CottonGrass (Eriophorum vaginatum), Golden Dog's-tail (Lamarckia aurea), Lizard's tail (Saururus cernuus), Squirrel-tail Fescue (Vulpia bromoides), Rat's-tail Fescue (Vulpia myuros) nor any Cat's-tails such as Sand Cat's-tail (Phleum arenarium), < () [plants with similar names]

Some similarities to : Greater Plantain (Plantago major) but those types of plantains have very different leaves and usually much longer fruiting 'tails'.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :


  Myosurus minimus  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Ranunculaceae  

Distribution
 family8Buttercup family8Ranunculaceae

 BSBI maps
genus8Myosurus
Myosurus
(Mousetail)

MOUSETAIL

Myosurus minimus

Buttercup Family [Ranunculaceae]