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Forget-Me-Not

Observed: 25th June 2013 By: YashcaYashca’s reputation in PlantsYashca’s reputation in PlantsYashca’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

I am terrible at identifying Forget-Me-Nots, so I thought I'd ask for advice. Hopefully the photos encapsulate most of the main features. I couldn't find any runners when looking at the plant, but that's not to say that there weren't any there.

Identifications
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    Water Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis scorpiodes)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
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Species with which Water Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis scorpiodes) interacts

Comments

wildaboutnature's picture

Chris, have read your ID

Chris, have read your ID notes with great interest as i too have been tentatively trying to get to grips with this group the last few weeks. If you don't mind, I'll put a link up in forums to this observation to highlight the incredibly helpful info you've provided.
Many thanks

Clare Flynn

Rachy Ramone's picture

Brilliant response, Chris

Many thanks for the excellent details - I had tentatively come to the same conclusion, but it's very good to have the reasoning confirmed.

Thank you!

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY

arborvitae's picture

Myosotis distinctions

Very interesting to read such precise botanical detail - almost over my head, but I'm keen to learn - and I've always taken a big interest in names. I understood it to be scorpioides, which is suggestive of scorpion, which might be descriptive of the hooked hairs you describe. Also, I know the word adpressed, as in adpressa, but I didn't know appressed; evidently, they're virtually interchangeable.
Thanks, Nick

lavateraguy's picture

I assumed that ...

... scorpioides referred to the shape of the inflorescence, which is a scorpiod cyme. But I don't see why the epithet should be used for this particular species when scorpiod cymes are widespread in Boraginaceae.

Rachy Ramone's picture

Adpressed, appressed...

...potato, poh-tar-toe...

I encountered adpressed first (Poland) so that's always going to be the one I use!

Overheard a "senior" botanist tell someone, of Arenaria serpyllifolia, that the stems were "serpentine" hence the name.

Stuart will tell you that the "serpylli" part in this context is "thyme-like" and indeed, the common name is Thyme-leaved sandwort.

*sigh*

Rachy Ramone

How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
http://tree-and-shrub-id.blogspot.co.uk/p/how-to-close-ups.html
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01A8YB0WY