Veronica persica Poir.

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Veronica persica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Metcalfe Rd, Greendale

Veronica persica

Photo: Mark Hyde
Carsberg Avenue, New Alexandra Park

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Synonyms: Veronica buxbaumii Ten. non Schmidt
Common names: Buxbaum's speedwell (English) Common field speedwell (English)
Frequency: Rare
Status: Introduced
Annual herb, with decumbent branches, 10-40 cm long. Leaves 1-3 cm, triangular-ovate, coarsely crenate-serrate; petiole short. Pedicels up to 40 mm, longer than the leaves. Corolla 8-12 mm in diameter, bright blue, the lower lobe often paler or white. Capsule 2-lobed, the lobes widely divergent, so that the capsule is nearly twice as long as wide.
Notes: It was first recorded near the Honeydew Farm in Harare in September 1986 and has persisted in the same location since then. It was possibly introduced through soil contamination. It is now a common but localised weed on the road sides in the area but not known to occur elsewhere.
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Habitat: Weed of roadsides and cultivation
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Worldwide distribution: A species originally from W. Asia and occurring throughout Europe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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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

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

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 persica., retrieved 20 June 2024

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