Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Myosurus minimus Linnaeus
(Mousetail, Tiny Mousetail)
Myosurus minimus is a small annual that has linear or oblanceolate leaves branched from the base. The flowering scapes are leafless. The individual flowers are nearly too small to see without magnification. The achenes are lacking the white cup at the base of the beak as is seen in M. cupulatus. Myosurus minimus grows in damp ground at middle elevation.
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Myosurus minimus, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., FR 828, Apr. 11, 2007
Myosurus minimus, closeup of inflorescence, photo Russ Kleinman, Harden Cienega Road, May 3, 2010
Myosurus minimus, 1X macro of inflorescence-- note lack of cupula at base of achene beaks, photo Russ Kleinman, Harden Cienega Road, May 3, 2010
Myosurus minimus, plant measurement, photo Russ Kleinman, Harden Cienega Road, May 3, 2010
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