7579.000 Veronica L. - Speedwells

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves usually opposite but may be in whorls or alternate. Calyx usually with 4 lobes, the fifth when present, small. Flowers usually blue, rarely white or pinkish. Corolla with a very short tube and rotate 4-lobed limb. Stamens 2. Capsule ± laterally flattened.

Derivation of name: Named after St Veronica, who wiped the sweat from Christ's face

Worldwide: 180 species, mainly northern temperate, a few on tropical mountains and in the Southern Hemisphere; some subcosmopolitan weeds

Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.

Veronica persica

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
abyssinica Fresen.EDescription, Image
anagallis-aquatica L.C,SDescription, Image
javanica BlumeC,EDescription, Image
persica Poir.CDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Veronica:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Veronica
Flora of Malawi: Veronica
Flora of Zambia: Veronica
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Veronica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Veronica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Veronica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Veronica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Veronica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Veronica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Veronica
JSTOR Plant Science: Veronica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Veronica
Plants of the World Online: Veronica
Tropicos: Veronica
Wikipedia: Veronica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Veronica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1286, retrieved 20 May 2024

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