West Highland Flora

Common Field Speedwell


Veronica persica

 

Veronica persica

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Sep 2003 Musselburgh

Occasional garden or arable weed.

Height c 15-30 cm.  Flowers c 8-12 mm across.

ID: Flowers solitary in leaf-axils, on stalks that are longer than their leaf but not twice as long.  Flowers blue, the lowest petal often white.  The similar V agrestis and V polita have flower-stalks shorter than their leaves and flowers less than 8 mm across.  V filiformis has flower-stalks much longer than twice leaf length.

Other features: A hairy annual with branches sprawling along the ground.  Fruit capsule much broader than long, consisting of two diverging lobes.  Leaves pale green as below left; the other 2 pics were taken in dull conditions and have the leaves too dark but show the flowers well.

 

Veronica persica

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Sep 2003 Longniddry, E Lothian

  Veronica persica

Photo Carl Farmer
16 Sep 2003 Musselburgh


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