Veronica nivea Lindl.

Edwards's Bot. Reg. 28, Misc. 42 (1842) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Softly woody shrub; stems erect or ascending, 15–50 cm long, often appearing unbranched but most nodes bearing very short lateral branches with compact clusters of leaves, stems usually dying back to base after fruiting, internodes with sparse curved or twisted hairs in longitudinal bands. Leaves usually 1.5–3 cm long, c. glabrous, once or twice pinnately divided into 2–17 linear lobes, ultimate divisions 0.5–1.2 mm wide. Racemes mostly 5–17 cm long, 20–40-flowered. Calyx-lobes 2–5 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide in fruit, glabrous or sparsely hairy near base; corolla 3.5–6 mm long, mauve (rarely white, or blue). Capsule broad-obovate, 4–6.5 mm long and almost as broad, deeply emarginate, strongly compressed, glabrous. Flowers summer.

NIS, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. Scattered in alpine and subalpine grassland, heath, bogs, and woodlands, often in disturbed habitats (e.g. road and track margins). Recorded from the Baw Baw and Buffalo Plateaus, Lake Mountain and Falls Creek areas.

Source: Briggs, B.G.; Makinson, R.O. (1999). Derwentia. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Derwentia nivea (Lindl.) B.G.Briggs & Ehrend.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-25
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Veronica
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Veronica nivea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Veronica nivea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory