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Myosotidium hortensium - Chatham Island forget-me-not, kopakopa

Borage family: Boraginaceae

Myosotidium hortensium is a herbaceous plant which may be a metre across, bearing several foot-wide glossy dark green leaves.  Large bright blue flower-heads are formed in the spring. The Flowers resemble those of the much smaller forget-me-nots which are species of the genus Myosotis.
An endemic genus with one species.  Native to the Chatham Islands.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: perennial herb up to 1 m

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 12-15 mm diam.

Leaf form: undivided, broad to kidney-shaped

Sepals: 5

Leaf size:15-30 cm

Petals: 5, blue

Leaf arrangement: singly along stem

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment: sheath

Stamens: 5

Leaf margin:

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs on undersurface

Fruit: dry