Myosotis laxa small forget-me-not Boraginaceae MYLA; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001), vc; Q (DeCandido 2001); R (DeCandido 2001);

Myosotis laxa.Margery Melgaard.Robert W. Freckmann

Myosotis laxa.Margery Melgaard.Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium, University of Wisconson at Stevens (Accessed 4/2014).

Myosotis laxa is an annual to short-lived perennial herb, 10-40 cm tall or long, stems slender, often bent near base, rooting at nodes. 

Leaves alternate,1.5-9 cm long, to 2 cm wide, the lower ones spatula-shaped, upper leaves elliptic to lance-shaped.

Flowers blue with yellow eye, tubular, 0.2-0.5 cm wide across top, calyx hairy 0.3-0.5 cm, lobes as long as tube, flower stalk (pedicel) longer than calyx; style shorter than fruit (Radford et al. 1968; Newcomb 1977); inflorescence uncoiling as flowers develop, of loosely flowered, one-sided spikes (racemes) at top of plant, lower flowers with leafy bracts. 

Fruit dry, four nutlets, encased in old calyx; blooms May-Sept. 

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Wet soil, shallow water, swamps, stream sides (Hough 1983).