Large-Seeded Forget-Me-Not

Large-Seeded Forget-Me-Not, Myosotis macrosperma

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While working at a job site this week, Jim and I discovered dozens of locations where large-seeded forget-me-not occurred.

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Large-seeded forget-me-not, a facultative plant (FAC), is Maryland State Rare (S2).  The MD DNR Natural Heritage Program is actively tracking this plant and may consider de-listing it from their watch-list, “demoting” it to being uncommon, rather than rare, as documentation of the plant has been observed with enough frequency of late, as to warrant consideration for de-listing.

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The plant blooms in late April and into early May, has tiny white-colored flowers with five petals.  The large seeds are fuzzy, and the entire leaves clasp to the stem, with flower stems occurring above the leaf.

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The plant is an annual.

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This species may be found in floodplain forests, abandoned fields, moist and shaded, and disturbed habitat.  Our findings were both along forest edge and interior, of rich, mature hardwoods.

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The plant is a southern species, and naturally occurs from Pennsylvania, south to Florida and west to Texas.

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The Maryland Biodiversity Project documents 15 records of this plant in Maryland, in five counties.  Our location was in Prince George’s County.

 

 

 

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