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Myosotis alpestris
Myosotis alpestris
Alpine Forget-me-not
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 1216 0534 (2016-12-05)

Copyright © 2016 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  May 17, 2016
  • latitude 46.36131   longitude 13.70179     View on Google Maps.
  • location   Lower Trenta valley, between villages Soča and Trenta, right bank of river Soča, Na Melu place near cottage Trenta 2b, East Julian Alps (Posočje, Slovenia)
  • notes   Slo.: planinska spominčica - syn.: Myosotis sylvatica (Ehrh) Hoffm. ssp. alpestris (Schmidt) Gams - Habitat: pasture, dry grassland, slightly inclined mountain slope near the bottom of a valley, shallow, colluvial, skeletal, calcareous ground, elevation 620 m (2.030 feet); average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 7-9 deg C, alpine phytogeographical region. Comment: Forget-me-not (genus Myosotis) is certainly one of the most beautiful, well known and admired wild plants. All of them have small flowers, but some, like Myosotis alpestris, bloom in so radiantly azure blue colour that it is in did hard to forget them. They are morphologically very variable and hence pose a hard problem for taxonomists. The answer how many species exists and what are their main distinguishing traits depends much on whom you will ask. Following internationally recognized key in Ref.: 3 this pictures shows Myosotis alpestris, which is an alpine plant growing in subalpine and alpine elevations. These plants were found on good 600 m elevations. So, ....? Herbarium: Herbarij Biološkega Inštituta Jovan Hadži, SRC ZASU, Index Herbariorum LJS. Ref.: (1) M.A. Fischer, W. Adler, K. Oswald, Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol, LO Landesmuseen, Linz, Austria (2005), p 686. (2) A. Martinči et all., Mala Flora Slovenije (Flora of Slovenia - Key) (in Slovenian), Tehnična Založba Slovenije (2007), p 543. (3) K. Lauber and G. Wagner, Flora Helvetica, 5. Auflage, Haupt (2012), p 792.
  • camera   Nikon D700/Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_958/2016_DSC2211
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Alpine Forget-me-not (photographer)
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