Myosotis pygmaea var. drucei L.B.Moore
Vascular – Native
Herbs - Dicotyledons other than Composites
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2n = 44
Current conservation status
The threat classification status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2017 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS) – more information about this can be found on the NZTCS website This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2012 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: By Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, John W. Barkla, Shannel P. Courtney, Paul D. Champion, Leon R. Perrie, Sarah M. Beadel, Kerry A. Ford, Ilse Breitwieser, Ines Schönberger, Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls, Peter B. Heenan and Kate Ladley. Please note, threat classifications are often suggested by authors when publications fall between NZTCS assessment periods – a suggested threat classification status has not been assessed by the NZTCS panel.
2017 | Not Threatened
Previous conservation statuses
2012 | Not Threatened
2009 | Not Threatened
2004 | Not Threatened
Endemic. North, South, Stewart and Campbell Islands. From Mt. Hikurangi south through the main axial ranges to Fiordland, also on Banks Peninsula on the high points of Stewart Island. Evidently very uncommon on Campbell Island.
Subalpine to alpine. Usually on stabile scree, fellfield, stony ground and at the bases of rock tors in places subject to frequent immersion
Decumbent, annual or rarely short-lived perennial herb, forming small circular patches on open ground. Rosette-leaves 15 × 5 mm long (sometimes more), lamina obovate or broadly spathulate, obtuse, petiole broad; upper surface hairy except towards base, undersurface almost or quite glabrous, hairs of upper leaf surface tapering to soft ± flexuous tips; spreading Lateral branches up to 8, decumbent, 30-150 mm long, usually branched, internodes usually less than leaves. Stem-leaves similar to rosette-leaves near base, becoming sessile above, bracts ovate to broad-oblong, distichous, exceeding internodes, diminishing in size, the lowest up to 10 × 5 mm. Cymes usually simple, few- to many-flowered, bracteate throughout; internodes usually less than bracts, sometimes very short; pedicels much smaller than calyx, very hairy. Calyx 3-5 mm long, usually lobed to halfway, lobes subacute; hairs long and ± retrorse short, not stiff or hooked. Corolla 3.0 mm diameter, cream to lemon-coloured, tube 2-3 mm long, cylindric, lobes narrow with obtuse tip; filaments very short, anthers < 1 mm long, wholly included, tips occasionally reaching level of scales; style less than calyx in length, stigma capitate. Nutlet 1.1-1.7 × 0.8-1.0 mm, ovate to ovate-elliptic, black, usually well immersed within calyx remnant.
November - February
December - April
Easily grown from fresh seed. However, plants are short-lived and prone to fungal diseases in humid climates.
Not Threatened. However like most indigenous Myosotis this species is not that common either. There are no known threats facing the species.
drucei: Named after Anthony (Tony) Peter Druce, one of New Zealand’s most respected field botanist (1920-1999).
Myosotis pygmaea var. drucei was elevated to species rank by de Lange and Barkla in de Lange, et al. (2010).
New Zealand Botanical History
For a brief biography for this plant is named, see this article in Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Hundreds of Tony’s famed plant lists can be found here and back-issues of regional Botanical Society Journals which he contributed can be accessed here.
Fact Sheet Prepared for NZPCN by P.J. de Lange 30 August 2009. Description adapted from Allan (1961).
References and further reading
Allan, H.H. 1961: Flora of New Zealand. Vol. I. Goverment 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.
NZPCN Fact Sheet citation
Please cite as: de Lange, P.J. (Year at time of access): Myosotis drucei Fact Sheet (content continuously updated). New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. https://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora/species/myosotis-drucei/ (Date website was queried)