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Family: Scrophulariaceae
Veronica arvensis

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 13 (1753). Wall speedwell.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Annual 4-30 cm high, eglandular-hirsute with shortish curled and long straight hairs, in upper parts the long hairs sometimes gland-tipped, the stems rarely simple and erect, usually with many decumbent branches, fine but woody and rooting at the nodes at the base, simple above; leaves opposite, connected across the node by a ridge, with the petiole 0.5-9 mm long, shortest in the upper parts, abruptly expanded into a broad-ovate crenate-serrate blade 3-18 x 2-14 mm.

Racemes terminal, spike-like, 10- to many-flowered, the bracts narrow-elliptic, much shorter than the leaves, longer than the flowers, the pedicels 1-2 mm long; sepals narrow-elliptic, unequal, 1.5-2 mm long, lengthening to 5 mm in fruit; corolla blue to almost white, the lobes 0.5-1 mm long, acute; anthers c. 0.2 mm long; stigma 0.15-0.2 mm diam..

Capsule loculicidal and partly septicidal, greatly compressed, broad- to transverse-obovate, 3-3.5 x 2.5-4 mm, eglandular-ciliate, the apex with a deep cleft greatly exceeding the 0.3-0.5 mm long style.

image of FSA3_Veronica_arv.jpg Flowering branch, leaf, flower and fruit.
Image source: fig. 596I in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Abrams ( 1951) Ill. Fl. Pacific States 3:fig. 4785; Ross-Craig (1966) Drawings Brit. Pl. 22:t. 34; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 601 .

Distribution:  Weed of gardens, pathways and other disturbed sites.

S.Aust.: EP, NL, SL, SE.   W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.   Native to Europe and west Asia.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: late Sept. — Dec.


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