Nemophila in Showa Memorial Park, Tokyo

Nemophila in Showa Memorial Park, Tokyo

Nemophila is a genus found in the flowering plant family Boraginaceae.

Most of the species in Nemophila contain the phrase “baby blue eyes” in their common names. N. menziesii has the common name of “baby blue eyes”. N. parviflora is called the “smallflower baby blue-eyes” and N. spatulata is called the “Sierra baby blue-eyes”. An exception to this naming tendency is N. maculata, whose common name is “Five Spot”.

All species of Nemophila are annuals, and most bloom in the spring. Their flowers have five petals and are bell or cup-shaped, and purple, blue, or white in color, often spotted or marked. The stamens are included and there is only one ovary chamber.

The leaves are simple, with an opposite or alternate arrangement. The petiole is generally bristly. The leaf blade is pinnately toothed or lobed.

The fruit is 2–7 mm wide and generally enclosed by the calyx. The fruit itself is spherical to ovoid in shape. It is also hairy.

I have never photographed Nemophila and I visited Showa Memorial Park to see it.

Video Source: ネモフィラが見頃💘昭和記念公園2023 Best time to see five spot etc at Syowa kinen park 2023 from 名無くん on Youtube CC BY

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