Tufted Forget-me-not - Myosotis laxa

    Description

    Short to medium erect, hairy plant. Branched from the base, stem hairs not spreading Flowers bright blue 2 to 5 mm, the petals not notched. Calyx to 5 mm in fruit, long stalked with straight hairs only.

    Similar Species

    Myosotis scorpioides.  Myosotis secunda is similar, but rare in VC55 in marshes on acid soils and has lower part of stem with patent hairs

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Calyx hairs straight/appressed; style shorter than calyx-tube; calyx teeth form isosceles triangle; smaller flower (up to 5mm). 

    Recording advice

    Photograph of flowers (side-on) and note of flower-size

    Habitat

    Wet habitats, marshes, stream and pond margins.

    When to see it

    May to September.

    Life History

    Annual or biennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent throughout most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Frequent in damper situations in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 251 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map