Myosotis brevis

Key Features

  • A branching, prostrate rosette herb with small, dark green, narrow, overlapping leaves (c.5 mm long) that have stiff hairs on the upper surface. The tiny (less than 1 mm diameter) white flowers are also hairy.

Distribution and Habitat

  • Occurs in open turf on the Wellington and Taranaki coast, inland in the South Island, where it occupies turf on the margins of ephemeral wetlands in southern Marlborough and Canterbury but occurs on degraded, seasonally dry, gravel pavements in Central Otago.


  • Habitat modification and loss.
  • Competition with invasive plants.

Management Opportunities

  • Survey for new locations.
  • Mark known sites.
  • Protection of habitat.
  • Avoid afforestation of known sites.
  • Weed control.

Monitoring Options

  • Check existing populations annually.
  • Report new locations to DOC, NZPCN.

Further Information and Suppor

  • New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN).
  • Weed management - Department of Conservation, Regional Councils.
  • References
    • Rogers, G.; Walker, S.; Tubbs, M. & Henderson, J. (2002). Ecology and conservation status of three “spring annual” herbs in dryland ecosystems of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Botany 40: 649-669.
    • Peter de Lange, Peter Heenan, David Norton, Jeremy Rolfe and John Sawyer (2010). Threatened Plants of New Zealand. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch. 472 pp.