L., Sp. Pl. 13 (1753), as "hederaefolia".
Synonymy: Veronica hederaefolia
Common name: Ivy-leaved speedwell.
Procumbent annual, with the main branches 10-20 or more cm long, with scattered long weak spreading eglandular hairs on the branches, leaves and rhachis, and dense lines of shorter curled eglandular hairs on the branches, rhachis and pedicels; leaves opposite, connected across the node by a ridge, with a slender petiole 2-17 mm long, the blade broad- to transverse-ovate, 5-14 x 5-18 mm, truncate to rounded at the base, with 1-3 pairs of broad rounded teeth, the apical lobe very broad, palmately veined.
Racemes terminal, lax, 10- or more-flowered, the bracts like the leaves in size and shape, the pedicels 5-20 mm long, shorter than or equal to the bract; sepals cordate-ovate, unequal, 2-3.5 mm long, lengthening to 4-5 mm and erect in fruit, long-eglandular-ciliate; corolla blue (or lilac, at least in Europe), with lobes c. 2 mm long, obtuse; anthers broad, 0.7-1 mm long; ovary glabrous, the style terminal, the stigma 0.15-0.2 mm diam.
Capsules not compressed, subglobular, c. 3.5 mm long, c. 4 mm diam., 4-lobed to globular (when seed-set poor), glabrous, with the persistent style 0.5-0.8 mm long.
||Flowering branch, leaf, opened flower, fruit and seed.
Image source: fig. 596G in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Butcher (1961) A new illustrated British flora 2:fig. 1056; RossCraig (1966) Drawings Brit. Pl. 22:t. 39.
Gardens and waste places.
S.Aust.: NL, MU, SL, SE. N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas. Native to Europe.
Flowering time: late July — Oct.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
The S.Aust. material does not fall readily into the subspecies distinguished for example in Flora Europaea (1972) 3:250.
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