Veronica javanica Blume

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Veronica javanica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Botanic Gardens

Veronica javanica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Chalet 2, Chirinda Forest

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Frequency: Frequent in the E Highlands
Status: Native
Low, decumbent annual herb, up to c. 15 cm high with branches densely greyish-white hairy. Leaves opposite, broadly ovate, up to 2.5 cm long, hairy mostly beneath; margin serrate; petiole 1-3 mm long. Racemes axillary up to 2.5 mm long, few-flowered. Corolla very small, up to 2 mm long, shorter than the calyx, white to pale blue, short-lived. Capsule broadly obcordate compressed, 1.3-2.6 mm long and wide, hairless but ciliate on the suture.
Derivation of specific name: javanica: of Java
Habitat: On forest edges, in clearings. Also recorded as a weed of gardens and cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1800 m
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Worldwide distribution: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Also in India
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Images last updated: Saturday 29 July 2006

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 58.

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 79. Under Scrophulariaceae

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

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African Plant Database: Veronica javanica
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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: Species information: Veronica javanica., retrieved 30 May 2024

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