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Myosotis discolor Pers.
common forget-me-not (changing forget-me-not)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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General:
Annual herb from fibrous roots; stems simple or branched, erect, slender, with spreading hairs below and appressed hairs above, 8-50 cm tall.
Leaves:
Lowermost leaves oblanceolate, somewhat stalked, 1-4 cm long and 2-8 mm wide; middle and upper leaves oblong to narrowly elliptic or linear, more or less unstalked; straight-hairy on both surfaces, entire, alternate.
Flowers:
Several to many in lax, coiled, elongating, terminal clusters, the bracts 0 or 1-2 near the base; inflorescence not much longer than leafy part of stem; fruiting stalks ascending or spreading, 1-3 mm long, shorter than calyces; corollas at first yellow or white, becoming blue; petals fused at base into a tube that flares (1-2 mm wide) at top to 5 small lobes, the throat with 5 bulges; fruiting calyces 3-5 mm long, sepal-tube covered with short, spreading, hooked hairs, the lobes short appressed-hairy.
Fruits:
Nutlets 4, clustered together, egg-shaped, dark brown to black, smooth, shining.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to mesic roadsides, ditches and disturbed areas in the lowland and lower montane zones; frequent on S Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and adjacent coast, rare E of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Myosotis discolor

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Elevation (metres) 31 473 1177
Slope Gradient (%) 0 35 90
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
20 159 348
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 2 4
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
B
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
40
Modal BEC Zone Class
PP
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(5), CDF(4), ICH(1), IDF(1), PP(6)

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Myosotis versicolor (Pers.) Sm.

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