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


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

Annual or perennial erect usually hairy herbs
Leaves alternate, mostly oblong or lanceolate, entire, the basal ones shortly petiolate, the cauline ones sessile
Flowers small in scorpioid cymes
Calyx campanulate, 5-toothed or divided to just below the middle into 5 mostly narrow lobes, persistent, not or slightly accrescent in fruit
Corolla blue, white or yellow; tube cylindric or funnel-shaped, the throat usually with scales, papillae or swellings; lobes 5, spreading, contorted in bud
Stamens 5, included or exserted; filaments filiform; anthers linear, with the connective prolonged into a small trulliform appendage
Disc absent
Ovary deeply 4-lobed; style gynobasic, filiform; stigma obtuse
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, Argentina South, Austria, Azores, Baleares, Baltic States, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Buryatiya, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Central European Rus, Chatham Is., Chile South, China North-Central, China South-Central, Chita, Colorado, Corse, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Aegean Is., East European Russia, East Himalaya, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Free State, Føroyar, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hungary, Iceland, Illinois, Inner Mongolia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Irkutsk, Italy, Kamchatka, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kenya, Khabarovsk, Kirgizstan, Korea, Krasnoyarsk, Kriti, Krym, Kuril Is., KwaZulu-Natal, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Libya, Madeira, Magadan, Manchuria, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Guinea, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, North Caucasus, North European Russi, Northern Provinces, Northwest European R, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Primorye, Qinghai, Romania, Rwanda, Sakhalin, Sardegna, Sicilia, South Australia, South European Russi, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Tadzhikistan, Tanzania, Tasmania, Tennessee, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Tuva, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vermont, Victoria, Vietnam, West Himalaya, West Siberia, Western Australia, Xinjiang, Yakutskiya, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zaïre

Introduced into:

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

Myosotis L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Rico, L. [1796], Armenia K000297296
Rico, L. [1716], Armenia K000297244

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

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Interactive Key to Seed Plants of Malesia and Indo-China
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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