Veronica anagallis-aquatica L.

Blue Water-speedwell

Sp. Pl. 12 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Rhizomatous perennial, glabrous apart from glandular hairs on inflorescence; stems stout, soft, hollow, erect, to 80 cm or more high, 2–6 mm diam., green, bearing racemes from upper nodes. Leaves more or less sessile, elliptic to narrow-ovate, 9.5–12.5 cm long, 4–45 mm wide, apex acute, base narrowed, margins finely toothed. Racemes 5–12 cm long, c. 15–40-flowered; peduncle mostly 2–4 cm long; fruiting pedicels ascending, 4–7 mm long, longer than bracts. Calyx-lobes 2–3.5 mm long, 1–2 mm wide in fruit; corolla 2–5 mm long, blue or lilac. Capsule ovoid or circular, 2.3–4.3 mm long, 2–4.2 mm wide, not strongly compressed, not or scarcely emarginate; style 1–1.3 mm long. Flowers spring and summer.

*EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *NIS, *SnM, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, Qld, NSW,ACT. Native to Europe and Asia. In Victoria, localised, but locally common along watercourses in the east (e.g. Livingstone Ck near Omeo, Swifts Creek, Snowy and Genoa Rivers), tributaries of the upper Murray River in the Tallangatta-Corryong district and the lower Yarra River near Melbourne.

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: Neville Walsh, 2021-02-16
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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 anagallis-aquatica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Veronica anagallis-aquatica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Snowy Mountains present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory