Veronica officinalis L.

Common Speedwell

Sp. Pl. 1: 11 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Recorded flowering in Victoria Feb–Mar.

*CVU. Creeping to ascending perennial; stems rooting below, 10–40 cm long, hirsute. Leaves subsessile or shortly petiolate, obovate, ovate or elliptic, 5–30(–60) mm long, 3–30 mm wide, apex obtuse to subacute, base cuneate, margins crenate to serrate, with ± appressed hairs on both surfaces and margins. Racemes 15–25 flowered; peduncle 20–35 mm long; fruiting pedicels 1–2 mm long, shorter than bracts. Calyx-lobes to 3.8 mm long in fruit; corolla 5–6 mm long, lilac or pale violet, rarely white. Capsule obovate or obcordate, 3–5 mm long, 4–5 mm wide, glandular-hairy; style 2.5–4 mm long. Native to Europe, Azores and western Asia. Naturalized at McGregors Picnic Ground near the summit of Mount Macedon.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-03-29
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-25
Distribution map
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 officinalis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Veronica officinalis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised

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