Veronica plebeia R.Br.

Trailing Speedwell

Prodr. 435 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stoloniferous perennial; stolons to c. 1 m long; flowering stems to 10 cm high, hairs decurved, c. 0.2 mm long, denser in lateral bands on stems and longer and denser at nodes. Leaves c. triangular, mostly 8–20 mm long, 5–16 mm wide, apex more or less acute, base truncate to slightly cordate, margins with 3–8 pairs of irregular teeth; petiole 3–20 mm long. Racemes lateral, mostly 2–5 cm long, 3–10-flowered; peduncle 5–35 cm long; bracts 3–7.5 mm long; pedicels 2–7 mm long. Calyx-lobes 3.4–7 mm long, 1.3–3.7 mm wide in fruit, shortly ciliate; corolla 2–3.5 mm long, pale lavender. Capsule broad-obovate, 2.5–4.5 mm long and wide, slightly emarginate, sparsely pubescent to glabrous; style 0.9–1.5 mm long. Flowers spring and summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuM, NIS, OtP, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, NI (naturalised), Tas. Largely co-extensive with the similar Veronica calycina, but often in drier sites.

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 plebeia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Veronica plebeia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands 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
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory