Myosotis pygmaea


Myosotis: mouse-eared
pygmaea: tiny

Common Name(s)

pygmy forget-me-not

Current Conservation Status

2012 - At Risk - Declining

Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2012 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2009 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, Paul D. Champion, Shannel P. Courtney, Peter B. Heenan, John W. Barkla, Ewen K. Cameron, David A. Norton and Rodney A. Hitchmough. File size: 792KB

Previous Conservation Status

2009 - At Risk - Declining
2004 - Serious Decline


2012 - Sp
2009 - Sp


Myosotis pygmaea Colenso



Brief Description

Ground hugging rosette herb in 1cm to several cm clumps. Lateral branched few to many, prostrate, up to 9cm long. Leaves oval to spoon-shaped; upper surface hairy except towards base, lower surface almost hairless. Leaf hairs stiff and spreading. Flowers white to cream, 3mm diameter.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native

NVS Species Code


The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites


Myosotis ramificata G.Simpson; Myosotis pygmaea Colenso var. pygmaea


North Island south from the Coromandel Peninsula (a small islet near Coromandel Harbour), including Hawke's Bay, Castlepoint, South Taranaki Coast and near Cape Palliser. South Island, south from Nelson, mainly east of main divide.


Open coastal habitats to upland grassland, herbfield, open rocky, sandy places and stream sides. Sea level to 1200m altitude.

Similar Taxa

Myosotis brevis. Myosotis pygmaea has larger flowers than Myosotis brevis.


(August-) September to December (however sporadic flowering may occur throughout the year)

Flower Colours



September to January (however fruits may be found throughout the year)

Propagation Technique

Easily grown from fresh seed. However, plants are short-lived and prone to fungal diseases in humid climates.


The main threat throughout this species range is loss of habitat, caused by land development, weed invasion and coastal erosion.

Chromosome No.

2n = 44

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Where To Buy

Not commercially available.

Notes on taxonomy

The autonym Myosotis pygmaea var. pygmaea became unnecessary when de Lange & Barkla elevated the other varieties of M. pygmaea to species rank in de Lange et al. (2010).


Fact Sheet prepared for NZPCN by P.J. de Lange (30 August 2003). For more information see Allan (1961) and de Lange et al. (2010)

References and further reading

Allan, H.H. 1961: Flora of New Zealand. Vol. I. Government Printer, Wellington.

de Lange, P.J.; Heenan, P.B.; Norton, D.A.; Rolfe, J.R.; Sawyer, J.W.D. 2010: Threatened Plants of New Zealand. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch.     

This page last updated on 17 Apr 2014