Description: Annual to perennial herbs, glabrous to hirsute, but not hispid.
Leaves alternate above a basal rosette.
Inflorescence terminal, scorpioid cymes, bracts absent. Flowers 5-merous, pedicellate. Sepals fused at the base. Corolla actinomorphic, blue, yellow or white; tube ± funnel-shaped with 5 saccate scales at the throat; lobes spreading. Stamens usually included in corolla, exserted in a few species only. Gynobase low and broad.
Mericarps smooth and shiny.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 50 species, Northern Hemisphere to southern temperate regions. Australia: 7 species (2 species native, 5 species naturalised) N.S.W., Vic., Tas., S.A., W.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
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|1||Anthers fully exserted from corollla tube||Myosotis exarrhena|
|Anthers included or shortly exserted from corolla tube||2|
|2||Hairs on leaves appressed; hairs on calyx appressed, not hooked||Myosotis laxa|
|Hairs on leaves spreading; hairs on calyx spreading, hooked|
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|3||Corolla bright blue with a yellow throat; lobes ± 2.5 mm long||Myosotis sylvatica|
|Corolla white, yellow or pale blue; lobes less than 2 mm long|
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|4||Corolla white or yellow, turning blue; lobes of fruiting calyx narrow-triangular to linear, 2.5–3 times longer than broad||Myosotis discolor|
|Corolla white or yellow; lobes of fruiting calyx triangular, twice as long as broad|
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