Taxon  Report   5729    
Myosurus minimus  L.
Common mouse tail,  Little mouse tail, Tiny mousetail
Myosurus minimus
© 2004 Carol W. Witham
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Myosurus minimus
© 2013 Debra L. Cook
Myosurus minimus
© 2009 Barry Rice
Myosurus minimus, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Myosurus minimus
© 2015 Irene Lindsey
Genus: Myosurus
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: Coastal Sage Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Northern Oak Woodland, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Freshwater Wetlands, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Habitat: vernal-pools

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Myosurus clavicaulis
PLANTS: Myosurus minimus var. lepturus
PLANTS: Myosurus minimus var. interior
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More information about  Myosurus minimus
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 23, 2019).