E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Myosotis laxa Lehm.
small-flowered forget-me-not (bay forget-me-not)
Boraginaceae (Borage family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Jamie Fenneman  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #9838)

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Species Information

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Short-lived perennial, sometimes annual herb from fibrous roots; inconspicuously straight appressed-hairy; stems slender, weak, often decumbent but base not creeping or stoloniferous, 10-40 cm tall.
Lower leaves oblanceolate; middle and upper leaves more oblong or narrowly elliptic to lanceolate; 1.5-8 cm long, 3-15 mm wide, entire, alternate.
Inflorescence of lax, coiled, elongating, terminal clusters, not much longer than leafy part of stem, bracts 0 to few at base; fruiting stalks spreading, mostly longer than the calyces; petals blue, fused at base into a tube that spreads flat (2-5 mm wide) at the top to 5 lobes, with 5 hairy bulges at the throat; fruiting calyces 3-7 mm long, closely appressed-hairy.
Nutlets 4, clustered together, egg-shaped, brown to black, smooth, shining.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist to wet meadows, ditches, pond margins and swamps in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common along the coast, less common in S BC; circumboreal, E to AB and S to N CA; S. America, Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Myosotis laxa

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) 1 645 1310
Slope Gradient (%) 0 0 3
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
200 265 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 6 8
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: CDF(5), CWH(11), ESSF(1), ICH(7), IDF(5), PP(1)


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 cool temperate & cool mesothermal.

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