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Current Threat Status
2012 - At Risk - Declining
Previous Threat Status
2009 - At Risk - Declining
2004 - Serious Decline
2012 - Sp
2009 - Sp
Myosotis pygmaea Colenso
Ground hugging rosette herb in 1cm to several cm clumps. Lateral branched few to many, prostrate, up to 9cm long. Leaves oval to spoon-shaped; upper surface hairy except towards base, lower surface almost hairless. Leaf hairs stiff and spreading. Flowers white to cream, 3mm diameter.
Vascular - Native
Myosotis ramificata G.Simpson; Myosotis pygmaea Colenso var. pygmaea
North Island south from the Coromandel Peninsula (a small islet near Coromandel Harbour), including Hawke's Bay, Castlepoint, South Taranaki Coast and near Cape Palliser. South Island, south from Nelson, mainly east of main divide.
Open coastal habitats to upland grassland, herbfield, open rocky, sandy places and stream sides. Sea level to 1200m altitude.
Myosotis pygmaea has larger flowers than Myosotis brevis.
(August-) September to December (however sporadic flowering may occur throughout the year)
Main Flower Colour
Other Flower Colour
September to January (however fruits may be found throughout the year)
Easily grown from fresh seed. However, plants are short-lived and prone to fungal diseases in humid climates.
The main threat throughout this species range is loss of habitat, caused by land development, weed invasion and coastal erosion.
2n = 44
Where To Buy
Not commercially available.
Notes on taxonomy
The autonym Myosotis pygmaea var. pygmaea became unnecessary when de Lange & Barkla elevated the other varieties of M. pygmaea to species rank in de Lange et al. (2010).
References and further reading
Allan, H.H. 1961: Flora of New Zealand. Vol. I. Government Printer, Wellington.
de Lange, P.J.; Heenan, P.B.; Norton, D.A.; Rolfe, J.R.; Sawyer, J.W.D. 2010: Threatened Plants of New Zealand. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch.
This page last updated on 17 Apr 2014