Veronica perfoliata R.Br.

Diggers Speedwell

Prodr. 434 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or decumbent herb or subshrub to c. 120 cm high, glabrous and glaucous; stems several from a narrow woody rootstock or forming shortly rhizomatous clumps, mostly unbranched below inflorescence, stems flowering in only 1 season before dying back to base. Leaves sessile, narrow- to broad-ovate, 3–9-veined from near base, usually 1.5–5.5 cm long, 15–40 mm wide, apex acute or acuminate, base perfoliate or cordate or cuneate, margins entire or finely crenate or with up to c. 10 pairs of shallow or coarse acute teeth. Racemes 10–45 cm long, usually 25–70-flowered; pedicels 5–12 mm long in fruit. Calyx-lobes 3–5 mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, glabrous; corolla 7–12 mm long, blue or purplish-blue. Capsule c. ovate, 4.5–8.5 mm long, 2.8–3.5 mm wide, scarcely compressed, apex obtuse or acute, glabrous, dull. Flowers mostly summer.

CVU, EGL, EGU, Gold, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP. Also NSW, ACT. Widespread on drier rocky slopes in low open-forest or woodlands, common through auriferous areas of the State.

There is great variation in leaf shape, with narrow-leaved plants mostly in drier areas and broad-leaved plants in moister, cooler sites.

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 perfoliata (R.Br.) Raf.).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-25
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Veronica
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Veronica perfoliata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Veronica perfoliata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory