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Myosotis stricta Link ex Roem. & Schult.
blue forget-me-not (strict forget-me-not)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from fibrous roots, with short, soft, spreading hairs throughout; stems simple or commonly branched from near the base, to 20 cm tall.
Lowermost leaves oblanceolate or wider; middle and upper leaves more oblong or elliptic; to 2 cm long and 7 mm wide, entire, alternate.
Inflorescence of lax, coiled, narrow, elongating clusters, with some flowers nearly to the base of the stems, with leafy bracts; fruiting stalks ascending to spreading, shorter than calyces; petals blue, fused at base into a tube that flares (1-2 mm wide) at top to 5 small lobes; fruiting calyces 3-5 mm long, with hooked hairs on the sepal-tubes and appressed hairs on the lobes.
Nutlets 4, clustered together, egg-shaped, brown, smooth, shining.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry meadows, ditches and disturbed areas in the lowland, steppe and lower montane zones; common in S BC; introduced from Europe.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Myosotis stricta

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 122 751 2109
Slope Gradient (%) 0 36 80
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
25 197 320
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 2 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: AT(1), BG(16), CDF(1), ICH(8), IDF(21), PP(18)


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 micrantha auct. non Pall. ex Lehm.

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