Myosotis azorica

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Azorean forget-me not
Myosotis Azorica.png
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Boraginales
Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Myosotis
Species: M. azorica
Binomial name
Myosotis azorica
H.C. Watson
Synonyms[1]

Myosotis maritima Hochst. ex Seub.

Myosotis azorica, common name Azorean mouse-ear or Azorean forget-me-not, is a plant species endemic to the Azores Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean. It grows near waterfalls and on wet rocks and in wet meadows on the islands of São Jorge, Pico, Faial, Corvo and Flores. Its native range covers less than 15 km2, with the total number of individuals estimated at less than 600, so the species is vulnerable.[2]

Myosotis azorica is a perennial herb with decumbent stems up to 30 cm (12 inches) tall. Leaves are lanceolate, clasping the stem, with numerous soft flexible hairs. Flowers are borne in "scorpioid cymes," i.e. on spirally curving stems resembling a scorpion's tail or a half-unfurled fiddlehead fern leaf. Flowers are deep blue-purple with a yellow center.[3][4]

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