Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains
45. Scrophulariaceae, the Figwort Family
9. Veronica L. -- Speedwell
1. Veronica americana (Raf.) Schwein. ex Benth. -- Brooklime
Glabrous, rhizomatous perennial from shallow rhizomes; stems erect to
procumbent, 1-6 dm long. Leaves opposite, short-petiolate, the blades
ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, or the lower ones elliptic, 1.5-8 cm long, 0.6-3
cm wide, bluntly acute at the tip or the lower ones rounded, subentire to serrate,
rounded to subcordate at the base. Racemes axillary, mostly 10- to 25-flowered;
pedicels divaricate, 4-10 mm long; corolla blue, 5-10 mm across.
Capsule suborbicular, rounded to slightly notched at the apex, 2.5-4
mm long, about as wide or slightly wider, the style 2.5-3.5 mm long; seeds
numerous, ca. 0.5 mm long. Jun--Aug. Springs and fresh streams; scattered, but
most common in the ne and sw parts of the region; (Newf. to AK, s to NC, TX,
CA and into Mex.; also ne Asia).
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