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May 18, 2013 3:41 PM

Tiny blue flowers for identification (Spain)

I photographed this flower last month. It was in bloom less than a week and I've had no luck identifying it.

 

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The flowers are about 1.3 mm diameter. The leaves appear to be fleshy. The plant was growing close to the ground.

 

Would love to know what it was.

 

Alan

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    May 24, 2013 8:52 AM (in response to awillkey)
    Re: Tiny blue flowers for identification (Spain)

    Could you give a bit more detail of where you found the plant?

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        May 24, 2013 9:52 AM (in response to awillkey)
        Re: Tiny blue flowers for identification (Spain)

        Hi Alan

         

        Your flower looks to me like a forget-me-not.  Flowers of South-west Europe by Polunin and Smythies gives two species Myosotis alpestris and M.stricta which would correspond to the habitat you describe.  The flower sizes of respectively 4-10mm and "little more than 1mm" suggest the later.

         

        This is described as "A widespread annual with minute bright or pale blue flowers.  Flower stalks less than 2 mm. calyx with deflexed hooked hairs and adpressed staight hairs at base, divided halfway into lobeswhich are closed in fruit and not deciduous.  dry sandy places C.&E. Spain.

         

        There is only a picture of alpestris and this is in Polunin - flowers of Europe and it looks very similar to yours.

         

        I hope this helps.

         

        Tony

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          May 24, 2013 11:09 AM (in response to Tony Child)
          Re: Tiny blue flowers for identification (Spain)

          Myosotis: Hmmm, I'm not sure sure. There's no pale ring at the mouth of the corolla, and the petals are a bit gappy (not touching/overkapping).

          I think it might be elsewhere in the Boraginaceae, eg. a species of Buglossoides (Lithospermum).

           

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boraginaceae

           

          See also

          - http://www.floraiberica.org/  and  http://www.floraiberica.es/

          (Boraginaceae is in Vol.11 of Flora Iberica)

           

          Mike

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            May 25, 2013 1:37 PM (in response to awillkey)
            Re: Tiny blue flowers for identification (Spain)

            Hi Alan

             

            I have found another plant in the Borage family which is very small flowered.  Buglossoides incrassata.  It was mentioned in the Floraiberia website and there are pictures if you Google it.  For some reason I can't find it in any of my southern Europe flower books.

             

            Tony

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