Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains
Veronica L. -- Speedwell
Annuals or perennials with entire to serrate, opposite leaves, or the leaves
becoming alternate in the inflorescence. Flowers usually numerous in
axillary or terminal racemes; calyx accrescent, deeply 4-parted, the
sepals often variable in shape; corolla white, pink, blue or violet,
4-lobed, slightly bilabiate, rotate, the tube much shorter than the limb; stamens
2; styles exsert, persistent in fruit, stigma capitate. Capsule
somewhat to strongly flattened, loculicidal, often lobed or notched at the tip.
Pennell, F. W. 1921. "Veronica" in North and South America.
Rhodora 23:1-22, 29-41.
||Racemes terminal; pedicels 2 mm or less long.
||Racemes axillary; pedicels longer than 2 mm.
||Leaves sessile, often clasping.
||Capsules turgid, slightly notched at the tip; seeds
numerous, 0.5 mm or less long; leaves 1.5-5X longer than wide.
||Capsules strongly flattened, conspicuously notched
at the tip; seeds 5-9 per locule, 1.2-1.8 mm long; leaves (3)4-20X longer
||Leaves 1.5-3X longer than wide; corolla blue or
violet; capsules about as wide as long.
||Leaves (2.5)3-5X longer than wide; corolla white,
pink or pale bluish; capsules wider than long.
45. Scrophulariaceae, the Figwort Family
9. Veronica L. -- Speedwell
- 1. Veronica americana (Raf.) Schwein.
ex Benth. -- Brooklime
- 2. Veronica anagallis-aquatica L.
-- Water speedwell
- 3. Veronica catenata Pennell
- 4. Veronica peregrina L. -- Purslane
- 5. Veronica scutellata L. -- Marsh
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