Veronica calycina R.Br.

Hairy Speedwell

Prodr. 435 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Stoloniferous perennial; stolons to 50 cm long; flowering stems 5–45 cm high, villous, hairs in lateral bands (scattered elsewhere), fine, 1–2 mm long, simple, spreading or recurved. Leaves ovate or broad-ovate, 7–30 mm long, 5–20 mm wide, apex rounded or broad-acute, base truncate to slightly cordate, margins with 3–13 pairs of coarse and irregular obtuse teeth; petiole 2–20 mm long. Racemes lateral, 1.5–8 cm long, to 10-flowered or occasionally flowers solitary; peduncle 0–25 mm long; bracts 3–9 mm long; pedicels 3–30 mm long. Calyx-lobes 6.5–8.5 mm long, 2.5–5 mm wide in fruit, ciliate; corolla 4–6 mm long, pale blue or lilac. Capsule broad-obovate, 2.6–5.8 mm long, 2–5.5 mm wide, emarginate, margin with dense fine erect hairs especially towards apex; style 2–2.5 mm long. Flowers spring and summer.

CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. All states except NT. Except for the north-west and higher subalpine to alpine areas, widespread through the state in forest and woodland communities.

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 calycina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Veronica calycina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
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
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
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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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory