Veronica arvensis L.

Wall Speedwell

Sp. Pl. 13 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect annual to 10 cm high; stems pilose. Leaves ovate to triangular, 3–18 mm long, 2–14 mm wide, often withered at anthesis, apex obtuse, base truncate to cordate, margins bluntly toothed or crenate; petiole 0.5–9 mm long. Flowers solitary in axils of (often entire) leaf-like bracts; pedicels to 2 mm long in fruit. Calyx-lobes 3–5 mm long, 1–2 mm wide in fruit; corolla 1–2 mm long, pale blue or lilac. Capsule broad-elliptic, broader than long, 1.3–3.5 mm long, 1.8–4 mm wide, deeply emarginate, with long fine hairs on margin; style 0.3–0.8 mm long. Flowers spring and summer.

*Brid, *CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *HFE, *HNF, *HSF, *MonT, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *SnM, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *WPro. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT,Tas. Native to Europe and western Asia. Widespread weed of lawns, gardens and disturbed areas, but also sometimes in native bushland and grassland.

Source: Briggs, B.G.; Barker, W.R. (1999). Veronica. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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 arvensis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Veronica arvensis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Bridgewater present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Wilsons Promontory present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present naturalised
Highlands-Far East present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory