Seeds of South Australia
Myosotis australis (Boraginaceae)
Austral Forget-me-not
List of species for Myosotis
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Seed collecting:
October to January
Herbarium regions:
Gairdner-Torrens, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
IBRA regions
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic Plain
 Least Concern   [undercollected - looks weedy]
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern
Glenelg Plain (NCP02) 
 Least Concern
Lucindale (NCP03) 
 Least Concern
Tintinara (NCP04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Near Threatened
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [undercollected; likes disturbance; comes up after fire]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)   [comes up after fire; likes disturbance; weed invasion a threat]
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))   (Probable Decline)
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i))   [restricted range]
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Regionally Extinct   [extinct in region]
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Talia (EYB04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03)Murray Darling Depression
 Least Concern
Wimmera (MDD05) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Kingoonya (GAW05)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
IBRA regions
Mount Gambier (SVP02)Southern Volcanic PlainLeast Concern
  [undercollected - looks weedy]
4 of 4 subregionsNaracoorte Coastal PlainLeast Concern
, Rare
2 of 2 subregionsKanmantooNear Threatened
, Rare
2 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockRare
5 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockRare
, Regionally Extinct
2 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Rare
Kingoonya (GAW05)GawlerRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Myosotis]
Name derivation:
Myosotis from the Greco-Latin name of the European forget-me-not (from 'muosŨtis' from 'mus' meaning mouse and 'ous' meaning ear), which is based on the resemblance of the leaves to ears of a mouse or a rat. Australis means of or from the south; referring to the distribution of the species in the southern hemisphere.
Found in the southern part of South Australia, growing in a wide range of habitats. Also found in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Western Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Annual or perennial herb to 40 cm high, erect or ascending with branches covered in dense spreading hairs. Leaves densely hairy, apex rounded, margins flat, rosette leaves oblanceolate, to 10 cm long and 16 mm widem, stem leaves lanceolate. Inflorescence long spike with in axis with small tubular white, yellowish or blue flowers. Flowering between August and November.
Fruit type:
Brown ovoid capsule covered in long white hairs.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect mature capsule, those that are drying off, turning brown and contain dark, hard seeds inside. Can collect individual fruit cluster or break off whole heads.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for one to two weeks. Then rub the fruits gently by hand to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.