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Boraginaceae: Borage Family

The Boraginaceae are made up of about 2000 species in around 100 genera. This family stems from the latin source "burra" meaning rough hair or short wool. This is a very useful key in identifying plants in the family, which usually have very stiff hairs on the stems and leaves. These hairs are coarse because of the presence of silicon dioxide and calcium carbonate.

Common well-known specimens List

Houndstongue - (Cynoglossum officinale)

Descriptive Video


Forget-me-not (Myosotis spp.)

These flowers adorn the alpine zones for the few months of summer when the snow clears.


European Stickseed - (Lappula squarrosa)

Descriptive VIDEO


Tall Bluebells (Mertensia spp)

Also known as oysterleafs or cowslips.


Heliotrope (Heliotropium)

Popular garden plants that can be toxic to eat.


 

Links to more information


European Stickseed Video: Example of a plant in the Boraginaceae Family

 

 
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