Chatham Island forget-me-not Facts
- Firstly, the gorgeous Chatham Island forget-me-not grows endemically only in select sections of a few of the Chatham Islands.
- While the IUCN itself does not yet formally list status for this beautiful plant, most experts consider it to be severely threatened.
- Due to the combination of possessing a highly restricted habitat range as well as an extremely specific habitat, it faces multiple threats.
- It not only remains especially vulnerable to climate change, but the majority of its native habitat has also now been claimed for coastal development.
- In addition, trampling by tourists, rooting by both wild and domestic animals, and the encroachment on non-native species further threaten it.
Chatham Island forget-me-not Physical Description
Despite its rather delicate nature, the lovely Chatham Island forget-me-not often grows in patches up to 3 ft (1 m) high and 3-4.5 ft (1 – 1.5 m) wide.
Although the dark green leaves of the plant grow relatively large, the beautiful and delicate flowers remain quite small in size.
Further, these flowers appear in small clumps on slender stems, and show a dark blue on the lower half, fading to lighter toward the exterior.
These lovely blooms also average around 0.6 in (15 m) in diameter. Finally, the fruit itself averages about 0.4 – 0.6 in (10 – 15 mm) in diameter.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Phylum: Angiosperms
- Class: Eudicots
- Order: Boraginales
- Family: Boraginaceae
- Genus: Myosotidium
- Species: M. hortrensia
Chatham Island forget-me-not Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
Firstly, as the common name implies, the beautiful Chatham Island forget-me-not only grows natively on a few of the Chatham Islands, in New Zealand.
Despite its seemingly rather fragile nature, this remarkable plant grows naturally in specific locations normally adverse to delicate plants.
Therefore, it originally evolved to thrive along both rocky and sandy beaches, coastal cliffs, and various rock outcroppings.
Further, this amazing species typically produces its lovely small flowers between September and November in its native habitat.
Also, the small fruit it produces, with comparatively large, black seeds, most commonly appears between October and May.
Finally, although it now nears extinction in its native habitat, the lovely plant remains a quite popular garden plant in some regions.