Veronica abyssinica Fresen.

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Veronica abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Above Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Veronica abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Above Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Veronica abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Above Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Veronica abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Above Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Veronica abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Above Dam 1, Chelinda Camp, Nyika National Park

Veronica abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 3, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Veronica abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 3, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

Veronica abyssinica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Dam 3, Southern Loop, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Veronica africana Hook. f.
Veronica petitiana A. Rich.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Annual, prostrate herb, with trailing or ascending stems, branching from or near base, often rooting at nodes, more or less densely covered with long, white hairs. Leaves opposite, broadly ovate to ovate-elliptic, 15–45 mm long, usually shallowly cordate at the base; margin shallowly to coarsely crenate-serrate; petiole 4–20 mm long. Inflorescences in 2–7-flowered axillary racemes, 1–7.5 cm. long; bracts linear-oblong, obtuse, 3–4 mm. long; pedicels (2)6–10(15) mm long, slender. Calyx 3.5–4.75 mm long; lobes oblong to spatulate-oblong, 1–2 mm long, long-ciliate. Corolla blue, 6–7 mm long, upper lobe to 4 mm wide, broadly ovate to subcircular. Capsule obcordate in outline, compressed, c. 3.5–4 mm long and wide, with long curly hairs or only ciliate on the suture.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: abyssinica: of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Habitat: In damp grasslands, forest fringes and clearings and along roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Nigeria, Cameroon, CAR, Congo, DRC. Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Monday 27 August 2018
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 270. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 78. In Scrophulariaceae

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 81 - 82. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 99. In Scrophulariaceae


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JSTOR Plant Science: Veronica abyssinica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Veronica abyssinica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Veronica abyssinica
The Plant List (version 1.1): Veronica abyssinica
Tropicos: Veronica abyssinica


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Veronica abyssinica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=151690, retrieved 24 March 2019

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