Myosurus minimus L. - Mousetail

Myosurus minimus plant

Family - Ranunculaceae

Stems:

N/A

Leaves:

Myosurus minimus leavesBasal leaves in the winter.

Inflorescence:

N/A

Flowers:

Myosurus minimus flowers

Myosurus minimus fruitsFruits.

Flowering - February - May.

Habitat - Waste ground, low fields, disturbed sites, open ground.

Origin - Native to North America and Eurasia.

Other information - This little species can be found in the northern 1/4 of the state. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its linear basal leaves and long inflorescences. The plant, however, is easy to overlook becasue of its very small size.
The genus name Myosurus derives from the Greek "myo" meaning "mouse" and "our(a)" meaning "tail", referring to the tail-like appearance of the inflorescence.
The species epithet minimus derives from the Latin "minim" meaning "smallest".

Photographs taken at Whetstone Creek Conservation Area, Callaway County, MO., 4-13-04 and 4-17-04.


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