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: 49 taxa.

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SpeciesSpecies codeContent
acinifolia L.
agrestis L.
alpina L.
anagallis-aquatica L.
anagallis-aquatica × catenata = V. × lackschewitzii J.B. Keller
arvensis L.
austriaca L. subsp. teucrium (L.) D.A. Webb
bachofenii Heuff.
beccabunga L.
calycina R. Br.
campylopoda Boiss.
catenata Pennell
chamaedrys L.
chamaepithyoides Lam.
crista-galli Steven
cymbalaria Bodard
filiformis Sm.
fruticans Jacq.
gentianoides J. Vahl
glauca Sibth. & Sm.
grandis Fisch. & Spreng.
grisebachii Walters
hederifolia L.[Agg]
hederifolia L. subsp. hederifolia
hederifolia L. subsp. lucorum (Klett & Richt.) Hartl
longifolia L.
longifolia × spicata
montana L.
officinalis L.Image
opaca Fr.
orientalis Mill.
paniculata L.
peregrina L.
persica Poir.
polita Fr.
praecox All.
prostrata L.
repens Clarion ex DC.
scutellata L.
serpyllifolia L.[Agg]
serpyllifolia L. subsp. humifusa (Dickson) Syme
serpyllifolia L. subsp. serpyllifolia
spicata L.[Agg]
spicata L. subsp. hybrida (L.) Gaudin
spicata L. subsp. orchidea (Crantz) Hayek
spicata L. subsp. spicata
triphyllos L.
urticifolia Jacq.
verna L.

Other sources of information about Veronica:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Veronica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Veronica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Veronica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Veronica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, 2008-24

Hyde, M.A. (2024). UK Flora: Genus page: Veronica., retrieved 15 July 2024

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