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West Highland Flora

Slender Speedwell


Veronica filiformis

 

Veronica filiformis
Photo Carl Farmer
10 Apr 2004 Portree, Skye

Appears here and there in short grass including lawns.  Not native.

Flower diameter c 8-15 mm

ID: Flowers solitary in leaf-axils, on stalks much more than twice as long as leaves (typically four times as long as the leaf in whose axil they are).  V persica has flower stalks at most twice leaf length.

Other features: Flowers mauvish-blue, the top petal usually darker than the bottom one.  Flower-stalks notably slender.  Does not normally produce fruits in Britain.  Grows along the ground, forming mats.

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