Veronica L. - Speedwells

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves usually opposite but may be in whorls or alternate. Calyx usually with 4 lobes, the fifth when present, small. Flowers usually blue, rarely white or pinkish. Corolla with a very short tube and rotate 4-lobed limb. Stamens 2. Capsule ± laterally flattened.

Derivation of name: Named after St Veronica.

Worldwide: 180 species, mainly N temperate, a few on tropical mountains and in the S Hemisphere; some subcosmopolitan weeds

Britain: 0 cultivated taxa.

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External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Veronica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Veronica
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Veronica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Veronica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Veronica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-21

Hyde, M.A. (2021). UK Flora: Cultivated plants: genus page: Veronica., retrieved 2 August 2021

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