Myosotis australis R.Br.

Austral Forget-me-not

Prodr. 495 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual or perennial herb, (1–)20–40 cm high, erect or ascending; branches with dense spreading hairs. Leaves densely hairy, apex rounded, margins flat; rosette leaves oblanceolate, 3–10 cm long, 5–16 mm wide; cauline leaves lanceolate. Inflorescence axis with spreading hairs. Flowers subsessile; pedicels elongating to c. 5 mm in fruit; sepals 1–6 mm long, acute, connate in basal third or less, elongating with age, at least lower parts with dense hooked hairs, lobes triangular; corolla 2–4 mm long, exceeding the sepals, glabrous, white, yellowish or blue; tube much longer than lobes; stamens and style included in corolla-tube or anthers shortly exserted; style about as long as stamens. Mericarps c. 1 mm long, dark brown. Flowers mostly Sep.–Jan.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW, ACT, Tas. New Zealand, New Guinea. Widespread from sea-level to the alps and found in a wide range of habitats.

An extremely variable species that is often difficult to identify from dried herbarium material. The short pedicels and spreading hairs on the inflorescence axis are generally the most useful distinguishing features. Plants with stems only 1–2 cm long occur on coastal dunes (e.g. near Portland and Cape Schanck). It is not clear whether they may represent a distinct entity, or may be stunted simply due to the nutrient-poor sandy soils in which they grow.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Boraginaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-02
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
family Boraginaceae
genus Myosotis
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Myosotis australis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Myosotis australis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory