1. Family: Boraginaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Myosotis L.
      1. Myosotis abyssinica Boiss. & Reut.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Bioko to Cameroon, Ethiopia to Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Annual erect herb 5–12(–40) cm. high, entirely covered with bulbous-based hairs which are often surrounded with cystoliths; stems simple or slightly branched, slender.
    Leaves
    Leaves oblong to oblanceolate-oblong, 0.25–3.5 cm. long, 0.6–11 mm. wide, obtuse at the apex, truncate at the base; midrib visible beneath.
    Flowers
    Flowers small, subsessile, in scorpioid cymes with a few leafy bracts in lower part only.
    Calyx
    Calyx deeply divided into linear-lanceolate to oblong lobes 1.5–2 mm. long, slightly accrescent in fruit, hispid, some of the hairs hooked.
    Corolla
    Corolla white or blue, glabrous, with slight constriction between the tube and lobes in dry state; tube cylindrical, 1–1.7 mm. long; lobes oblong to obovate, 0.6–0.8 mm. long, 0.4–0.6 mm. wide; swellings minute, papillate.
    Stamens
    Stamens included.
    Style
    Style 1.5 mm. long; stigma ± clavate.
    Fruits
    Nutlets dark brown or black, 4 or often reduced to 1, compressed-ovoid, 1.2–1.4 mm. long, 0.8–1 mm. wide, shining, narrowly winged at the apex; areole basal, pale.
    Figures
    Fig. 24/1–8, p. 88.
    Habitat
    Erica-Hypericum-Protea-Alchemilla bushland, grassland and moorland at lower edge of forest, streamsides; 2000–3250(–3960) m.
    Distribution
    K3 K4 T2 T7 U3
    [FWTA]

    Boraginaceae, H. Heine. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

    Habit
    Herb a few inches high, harshly pubescent
    Flowers
    Small white flowers.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gulf of Guinea Is., Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zaïre

    Myosotis abyssinica Boiss. & Reut. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Ethiopia K000418864
    Schimper [1146], Ethiopia K000418862 isosyntype
    Schimper [1889], Ethiopia K000418863 isosyntype
    Johnston, H.H. [123], Tanzania Myosotis aequinoctialis K000418859 holotype

    First published in P.E.Boissier, Diagn. Pl. Orient. 11: 122 (1849)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Verdcourt, B. (1991). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Boraginaceae: 1-124.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1985). Flora du Rwanda 3: 1-729. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Taton, A. (1971). Flore du Congo du Rwanda et du Burundi, Boraginaceae: 1-82. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique, Bruxelles.
    • Hepper, F.N. (ed.) (1963). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 2: 1-544.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • Hedberg in Symb. Bot. Upsal. 15, 1: 157 (1957).
    • Stroh in Beih. Bot. Cbl. 61B: 334 (1941).
    • F.T.A. 4, 2: 58
    • in Boiss. Diagn. pl. or., n. sér. 1, 11: 122 (1849)
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Verdcourt, B. (1991). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Boraginaceae: 1-124.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1985). Flora du Rwanda 3: 1-729. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Hepper, F.N. (ed.) (1963). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 2: 1-544.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Kabuye & Agnew in A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 523, fig. on p. 522 (1974).
    • Taton, Flore du Congo Belge, du Ruanda et du Burundi, Borag.: 49, map 16 (1971).
    • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 784 (1962).
    • O. Hedberg, Afroalpine Vascular Plants p. 157 (1957).
    • Robyns, Flore des Spermatophytes du Parc National Albert 2: 134 (1947).
    • Bak. & Wright in Flora of Tropical Africa 4(2): 58 (1905).
    • Boiss. & Reut., Diagn. Pl. Orient. Nov. 2(11): 122 (1849).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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