Friday 15 May 2020

Myosotis Azorica H C Watson (The Azores, 1982)

A little hidden gem of a plant whose native habitat measures around 15 square kilometers, tucked on rocks beneath waterfalls in the Azores. Also known as the Azorean mouse-ear or the Azorean forget-me-not, there are currently only about 600 of these beauties left in the wild.

Funnily enough, I thought HC Watson was the name of the artist (often included on stamps). It turns out it’s part of the plant’s official name. Hewett Cottrell Watson was a botanist, cataloguer of things, phrenologist, correspondent of Darwin and rather unsuccessful cricketer who did a lot to develop the taxonomy of plants and flowers. He travelled to the Azores in 1842 and presumably met the mouse-ear then.

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