West Highland Flora

Water Forgetmenot


Myosotis scorpioides

 

Myosotis scorpioides

Photo Carl Farmer
11 Aug 2003 Torrin, Skye
Left-hand flower 9 mm across

Frequent in marshy places or beside burns, generally in more lowland habitats than M secunda.

Flower diameter c 4-10 mm

ID: Hairs on calyx appressed, not spreading or hooked.  Petals slightly notched at tip.  Ripe fruit has stalks 1-2 x as long as calyx (look at lowest ones in spike).  Calyx teeth less than half length of calyx when flowering, each tooth forming a more or less equilateral triangle.

Other features: Stem hairs appressed above, may be spreading or appressed below.  Tends to have larger flowers than the other two watery forgetmenots (M secunda and M laxa).  These 3 all have appressed calyx-hairs; the other 3 Skye forgetmenots have crisped calyx-hairs and are found in drier places.

 

Myosotis scorpioides

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Jun 2003 Armadale, Skye
Top flower 6 mm across

  Myosotis scorpioides

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Jun 2003 Armadale, Skye
 

    Leaves and side-infloresence, main stem continues
much higher

 

Myosotis scorpioides

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Jun 2003 Armadale, Skye

 

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