Common Names:- Early forget-me-not
Meaning:- Myosotis (Gr) Mouse-ear, A name used by the Greek physician and
Ramosissima (L) Greatly branched, branching.
General description:- Slender, erect annual.
a) Up to 40 cm.
b) with spreading (patent) soft hairs at the base, above with, straight hairs lying
close and flat (appressed).
a) oblanceolate to oblong.
b) with soft, erecto-patent, straight hairs on both sides.
c) lower part of the stem with patent hairs.
a) lax, without bracts (ebracteate).
b) occupying more than half of plant.
c) axis appressed-pubescent.
d) fruiting pedicels patent, equalling or slightly shorter than the calyx.
a) up to 4 mm in fruit.
b) with patent to deflexed, hooked hairs on the tube and straight hairs on the
a) limb 2-4 mm in diam.
c) pale to bright blue.
a) 1·2 x 0·7 mm.
b) ovoid, acute, without a rim.
c) attachment scar elliptical. usually filled with spongy tissue.
d) olive brown.
1) Stem straight, with regularly spaced flowers.
2) Fruiting pedicels shorter than or equalling the calyx.
3) Corolla limb 2-4 mm in diam.
Habitat:- Sandy flats. pastures, low open scrubland, field margins and in a variety
of other dry, open habitats. 0-1500 m.
Distribution:- Throughout Greece. - Most of Europe and the Mediterranean region,
eastwards to Iran. Fairly widely spread across the central regions of Crete.
Flowering time:- Mar-June
Photos by:- By kind permission of Saxifraga - Free Nature Images