Veronica derwentiana Andrews

Derwent Speedwell

Bot. Repos. 8: t.531 (1808) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Woody herb to c. 140 cm high; stems several–many from a woody rootstock, mostly erect and unbranched below inflorescence, glabrous or with short curved or twisted hairs in longitudinal bands or rarely over whole surface; each stem persisting for 1 or 2 seasons. Leaves lanceolate to ovate, mostly 5–20 cm long, apex acute or acuminate, margins with 30–80 pairs of apiculate teeth; sessile or with short broad petiole. Racemes mostly 8–25 cm long, 40–100-flowered. Calyx-lobes 2–5 mm long, 0.7–1 mm wide in fruit, glabrous or with scattered short glandular hairs; corolla 5–9 mm long, white, pale lilac or pale blue. Capsule narrow- to broad-obovate, 2.8–5.5 mm long, 2.5–4.5 mm wide, acute, truncate or emarginate, glabrous or with short hairs on upper margin, slightly glossy.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro.

5 subspecies, 2 in Victoria.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-03-30
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-18
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Veronica derwentiana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Veronica derwentiana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory