West Highland Flora

Wood Speedwell


Veronica montana

 

Veronica montana

Photo Carl Farmer
21 Jun 2004 Inverarish, Raasay
Visible length of lowest petal c 4 mm

In woods with fairly alkaline soil.  Locally common in Argyll but rare in the north.

Height c 15-35 cm.  Flowers c 6-9 mm across.  Leaves c 2-3 cm.

ID: Spikes of 2-5 flowers arising from leaf-axils, but mostly only one spike from each pair of opposite leaf-axils; main stem doesn't end in flower-spike.  Leaves with stalks > 5mm, and with large teeth as in pictures.  Stem equally hairy all round.

Other features: Creeping and rooting.  Individual flowers pale violet-bluish on stalks 4-7 mm, in the axils of bracts which are much shorter than the stalks.  Fruit capsule when ripe longer than calyx.

 

Veronica montana

Photo Carl Farmer
21 Jun 2004 Inverarish, Raasay
Lowest fruit c 6 mm across at widest

 

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