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Myosurus Linnaeus. Subfamily: Ranunculoideae. Tribe: Ranunculeae. Mousetail.

A genus of about 15 species, annual scapose herbs, nearly cosmopolitan (lacking in e. Asia and tropical regions), with a center of diversity in w. North America.

ID notes:The tremendously elongated receptacle of the flower is easily mistaken for a spikelike inflorescence (such as of Plantago).

Ref: Campbell (1952); Emadzade et al. (2010); Tamura In Kubitzki, Rohwer, & Bittrich (1993); Whittemore (1997b) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (1997). Show full citations.

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image of plant© Radford, Ahles and Bell | Myosurus minimus | Original Image ⭷

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