Myosotis L.

This genus is accepted, and its native range is Temp. to Tropical Old World Mountains.


Boraginaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1991

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial erect usually hairy herbs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, mostly oblong or lanceolate, entire, the basal ones shortly petiolate, the cauline ones sessile
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers small in scorpioid cymes
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx campanulate, 5-toothed or divided to just below the middle into 5 mostly narrow lobes, persistent, not or slightly accrescent in fruit
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla blue, white or yellow; tube cylindric or funnel-shaped, the throat usually with scales, papillae or swellings; lobes 5, spreading, contorted in bud
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5, included or exserted; filaments filiform; anthers linear, with the connective prolonged into a small trulliform appendage
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary deeply 4-lobed; style gynobasic, filiform; stigma obtuse
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit composed of 4 erect, oblong-ovoid glabrous shining nutlets fixed by a small basal areole to the flat or convex receptacle.

Doubtfully present in:

Aleutian Is.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Alabama, Alaska, Albania, Alberta, Algeria, Altay, Amur, Antipodean Is., Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, British Columbia, Bulgaria, Buryatiya, California, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Central European Rus, Chatham Is., Chile South, China North-Central, China South-Central, Chita, Colorado, Connecticut, Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Delaware, Denmark, District of Columbia, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Ethiopia, Finland, Florida, France, Free State, Føroyar, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hungary, Iceland, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Japan, Kamchatka, Kansas, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kenya, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuril Is., KwaZulu-Natal, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Libya, Louisiana, Madeira, Magadan, Maine, Manchuria, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Mongolia, Montana, Morocco, Nebraska, Nepal, Netherlands, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Guinea, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, North Carolina, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northern Provinces, Northwest European R, Northwest Territorie, Norway, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pakistan, Palestine, Pennsylvania, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Prince Edward I., Qinghai, Québec, Rhode I., Romania, Rwanda, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Sicilia, South Australia, South Carolina, South Dakota, South European Russi, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Tanzania, Tasmania, Tennessee, Texas, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Uganda, Ukraine, Utah, Uzbekistan, Vermont, Victoria, Vietnam, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, West Siberia, West Virginia, Western Australia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Yukon, Zaïre

Introduced into:

Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Assam, Bolivia, Brazil South, Chile Central, Chile North, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Falkland Is., Greenland, Guatemala, Haiti, Hawaii, India, Jawa, Juan Fernández Is., Kerguelen, Labrador, Manitoba, New Mexico, Réunion, Saskatchewan, Swaziland, Taiwan, Trinidad-Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Uruguay

Myosotis L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Rico, L. [1716], Armenia K000297244 No
Rico, L. [1796], Armenia K000297296 No

First published in Sp. Pl.: 131 (1753)

Accepted by

  • Tutin, T.G. & al. (eds.) (1972). Flora Europaea 3: 1-370. Cambridge University Press.


Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Stroh in Beih. Bot. Cbl. 61B: 317 (1941).
  • —F.T.A. 4, 2: 57

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 63 (1754)
  • Sp. Pl.: 131 (1753)

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Interactive Key to Seed Plants of Malesia and Indo-China

    The Malesian Key Group (2010) Interactive Key to Seed Plants of Malesia and Indo-China (Version 2.0, 28 Jul 2010) The Nationaal Herbarium Nederland Leiden and The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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