Myosotis sylvatica Hoffm., Deutschl. Fl. 61 1791. (syn: Myosotis alpestris F. W. Schmidt; Myosotis amoena Schott & Kotschy; Myosotis caespitosa Ten. ex Nym.; Myosotis campestris Godet ex DC.; Myosotis cognata Schott ex Nym.; Myosotis gracilis hort.; Myosotis lactea Boenn.; Myosotis montana Bess.; Myosotis nemorosa Martr.; Myosotis oblongata Link; Myosotis odorata Poir.; Myosotis pallens Wall.; Myosotis parviflora (Schur) Domin; Myosotis perennis var. sylvatica (Ehrh.) DC.; Myosotis pontica C. Koch; Myosotis sachalinensis M. Pop.; Myosotis silvatica subvar. firma Neilr.; Myosotis suaveolens Waldst. & Kit. ex Willd.; Myosotis sylvatica f. acaulis Y.L. Chang & S.D. Zhao; Myosotis sylvatica var. b lactea Boenningh.; Myosotis sylvatica var. firma (Neilr.) Cincovic & Kojic; Myosotis sylvatica f. lactea (Boenningh.) J. Duvigneaud; Myosotis sylvatica f. longipetiolata T.D. Magalashvili; Myosotis sylvatica var. parviflora Schur; Myosotis sylvatica var. sachalinensis (M. Pop.) Tolm.; Myosotis sylvatica f. scabra T.D. Magalashvili; Myosotis transsylvanica Porc.; Myosotis umbrosa Schleich. ex Rchb.);

Myosotis sylvatica, the wood forget-me-not or woodland forget-me-not,[1] is a species of flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae, native to Europe.

It is a short-lived herbaceous perennial or biennial growing to 12–30 cm (5–12 in) tall by 15 cm (6 in) wide, with hairy leaves and a profusion of disc-shaped, intensely blue (occasionally white) flowers in Spring.

Stace[2] describes this plant as having the following characteristics:
  • Upright, to 50 cm; softly hairy, with hairs at more-or-less right-angles to the main stem.
  • Flowers grey-blue, to 8mm across, flat in profile; sepal tube with hooked hairs; April–July.[3]
  • Mature fruit dark brown, shiny.
  • Mature calyx on spreading stalks longer than sepal tube; calyx teeth spreading to expose the ripe fruit.
  • Basal leaves stalked, in a rosette; upper leaves not stalked.
  • Generally found in woods, scree and rock ledges; common throughout the British Isles.
  • (from Wikipedia on 31.10.16)


    Images by Alok Mahendroo (Id by J.M.Garg) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links) 



    Primulaceae from Pangi – 2- id-Al012312-A: Another observation of Primula family from Pangi…
    Location Pangi Valley Himachal
    Altitude 3000 mts
    Habit herb
    Habitat wild
    Height 2 feet (trailing)
    Season July-August

    Not Primulaceae … It is Boraginaceae

    Members are difficult to identify without fruits, but looks like Myosotis sp.

    Myosotis alpestris ??

    Thank you … and …,  about it being Myosotis alpestris… I am sure … would be able to tell us a lot about it.. though it looks like it … but I am not aware of the various characteristics of the species… and without the fruits… maybe difficult

    Can it be Myosotis stricta as per
    Or is it Myosotis laxa subsp. caespitosa (Schultz) Hyl. ex Nordh. as per images by … herein ?

    By no means a Primula….it is a Boraginaceae member

    Or can it be Myosotis refracta subsp. chitralica Kazmi as per FOP & illustration herein.

    Does not seem to match with images of Myosotis stricta at Flowers of India  Wikipedia  usda  Flowers – NatureGate 
    Seem more close to Myosotis laxa subsp. caespitosa (Schultz) Hyl. ex Nordh. as per FOC illustration

    Once again I consider M.laxa subsp. laxa is ruled out because we can (just) detect some spreading hairs on the calyces.
    M.stricta/refracta does not fit.
    So we are down to M.arvensis or M.sylvatica again (not forgetting M.asiatica, which I had on the two previous occasions but does not fit this).
    This appears less branched than two previous examples and what appear larger flowers. I am thus thinking of M.sylvatica on this occasion.


  • References:

    Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  IPNI
     India Biodiversity Portal  IBIS Flora  Wikipedia  Lucid Key Server 
    Fine Gardening  Floriculture in India By Gurcharan Singh Randhawa, Amitabha Mukhopadhyay (1986)

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