Wood Forget-Me-Not
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Wood Forget-Me-Not
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Wood Forget-Me-Not
Botanical name: Myosotis sylvatica    Family: Boraginaceae (Forget-me-not family)
Synonyms: Myosotis amoena

Wood Forget-Me-Not is a charming, small true blue flower with a yellow eye, and is quite a common wildflower in the Himalayas. It is a tiny flower, only a few millimetres across. Legend has it that in medieval times, a knight and his lady were walking along the side of a river. He picked a posy of flowers, but because of the weight of his armour he fell into the river. As he was drowning he threw the posy to his loved one and shouted "Forget-me-not". This is a flower connected with romance and tragic fate. It is a perennial herb up to 30 cm tall. Flower limb is 5-7 mm broad; blue or bluish-purple. Sepal-cup is 1/2 to 3/4 partite into lanceshaped sepals. Stem is erect, simple, sometimes with few branches, sparsely to densely vinous. Basal leaves are elliptic-oblong to inverted-lanceshaped, 3-5 x 1.5-3 cm. Stem leaves are inverted-lanceshaped, sometimes lanceshaped-blunt, apiculate, uppermost ones similar but smaller and stalkless. Wood Forget-Me-Not is is found in N. Africa, Europe, C. Asia, Siberia, and Western Himalaya, at altitudes of to 3300-4000 m. Flowering: June-August

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand.

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