West Highland Flora

Brooklime


Veronica beccabunga

 

Veronica beccabunga

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Sep 2003 Longniddry, E Lothian

In burns or marshy ground, often found where a burn crosses a path.  Fairly common in west Argyll, but scarce and usually near the sea in the north.

Height c 20-35 cm.  Flower c 6-9 mm across.

ID: Hairless.  Flowers in spikes of 10-30, arising from each of an opposite pair of leaf-axils, main stem not terminating in flower-spike.  Leaves rounded at tip, not tapering to an acute point.

Other features: A somewhat fleshy plant, creeping and rooting in the water or mud, then ascending.  Flowers normally deep blue with white eye.

 

Veronica beccabunga

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Sep 2003 Longniddry, E Lothian

  Veronica beccabunga

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Sep 2003 Longniddry, E Lothian
 

    Shoots with pale leaves and flowers sometimes
grow among normal ones

 

Veronica beccabunga

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Sep 2003 Longniddry, E Lothian

  Veronica beccabunga

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Sep 2003 Musselburgh

Above: Dense stands of the shoots cover
areas of water or mud to the exclusion of
other vegetation

Right: Fruit capsules, notched at tip,
shorter than calyx

 


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