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Taxon: Myosotis sylvatica Hoffm.

Genus: Myosotis
Family: Boraginaceae subfamily: Boraginoideae
Nomen number: 24818
Place of publication: Deutschl. Fl. 1:61. 1791
  • the name and diagnosis were together ascribed to "Ehrh. Herb. 31", as verified from original literature
  • fide F Manshur, the referenced exsiccata was as M. scorpioides var. sylvatica Ehrh., a nom. nud.
Name verified on: 31-Mar-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 31-Mar-2012
No species priority site assigned.
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • garden forget-me-not   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English
  • wood forget-me-not   (Source: Econ Pl Aust ) – English
  • myosotis des Alpes   (Source: L Noms French ed7 ) – French
  • myosotis des bois   (Source: L Noms French ed7 ) – French
  • myosotis des forets   (Source: Pulmonaria ) – French
  • ne m'oubliez-pas   (Source: Zander Ency ) – French
  • Wald-Vergissmeinnicht   (Source: Zander Ency ) – German
  • miosótis   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • não-me-esqueças   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • não-te-esqueças-de-mim   (Source: D. Groth, p.c. 2005) – Portuguese (Brazil)
  • nezabudka lesnaya   (Source: Pulmonaria ) – Transliterated Russian
  • skogsförgätmigej   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Western Asia: Iran; Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Georgia
    Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India [n.]; Nepal; Pakistan [n.]
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Sweden [s.]; United Kingdom
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russian Federation - European part [w.]; Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Croatia; Italy [incl. Sicily]; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands
    Southern Africa: Lesotho; South Africa; Swaziland
    Australia: Australia
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    Eastern Canada: Canada - New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec
    Western Canada: Canada - Alberta, British Columbia
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
    North-Central U.S.A.: United States - Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - North Carolina
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California
    Southern South America: Argentina; Chile

  • also cultivated


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson. 2009. Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin).
  • Allan, H. H. B. et al. 1961–. Flora of New Zealand.
  • Bennett, M. 2003. Pulmonarias and the Borage family. 153–154.
  • Davis, P. H., ed. 1965–1988. Flora of Turkey and the east Aegean islands. [lists as M. sylvatica Ehrh. ex Hoffm.].
  • Demilly, D. et al. 2001. Liste alphabétique des principales espèces de plantes cultivées et de mauvaises herbes. Noms latins et noms français, ed. 7.
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2000. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 16. Auflage. [lists as M. sylvatica Ehrh. ex Hoffm.].
  • Erhardt, W. et al. 2008. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen.
  • Euro+Med Editorial Committee. Euro+Med Plantbase: the information resource for Euro-Mediterranean plant diversity (on-line resource).
  • Fu, Y. C. et al. 1977–. Flora intramongolica.
  • Germishuizen, G. & N. L. Meyer, eds. 2003. Plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14.
  • Gleason, H. A. & A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada, ed. 2.
  • Greuter, W. et al., eds. 1984–. Med-Checklist.
  • Hansen, A. & P. Sunding. 1993. Flora of Macaronesia: checklist of vascular plants, ed. 4. Sommerfeltia vol. 17.
  • Hara, H. et al. 1978–1982. An enumeration of the flowering plants of Nepal. [lists as M. "silvatica" Ehrh. ex Hoffm.].
  • Hnatiuk, R. J. 1990. Census of Australian vascular plants. Australian Flora and Fauna Series No. 11.
  • Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. [lists as M. sylvatica Ehrh. ex Hoffm.].
  • Instituto de Botánica Darwinion. 2008. Flora del Conosur. Catálogo de las plantas vasculares.
  • Kartesz, J. T. 2011. North American plant atlas. The Biota of North America Program (BONAP).
  • Kitagawa, M. 1979. Neo-lineamenta florae Manshuricae. [lists as M. sylvatica (Ehrh.) Hoffm.].
  • Lazarides, M. & B. Hince. 1993. CSIRO Handbook of Economic Plants of Australia.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third.
  • Nasir, E. & S. I. Ali, eds. 1970–. Flora of [West] Pakistan. [lists as M. sylvatica Ehrh. ex Hoffm.].
  • Pignatti, S. 1982. Flora d'Italia.
  • Press, J. R. & M. J. Short, eds. 1994. Flora of Madeira.
  • Rechinger, K. H., ed. 1963–. Flora iranica. [lists as M. "silvatica" Ehrh. ex Hoffm.].
  • Ross, J. 1972. The flora of Natal.
  • Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. 1964–1980. Flora europaea.
  • Weber, E. 2003. Invasive plant species of the world: a reference guide to environmental weeds. [lists as M. silvatica Ehrh. ex Hoffm.].


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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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