Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Pic of the Day : Myosotis alpestris

Myosotis alpestris & Myosotis sylvatica

Myosotis sylvatica (wood forget-me-not) 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 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.[2]
  • 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.

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