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Veronica species [Plantaginaceae]

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Scientific Name Veronica anagallis-aquatica USDA PLANTS Symbol VEAN2
Common Name Water Speedwell ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 565594
Family Plantaginaceae (Plantain) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Semiaquatic gravelly/sandy habitat along streams, pond banks.
Plant: Perennial, erect with lower prostrate, rooting stems; simple to many-branching from base, smooth, 4 to 24 inches tall.
Leaves: Opposite, oblong to lanceolate, sessile to clasping, 3/4 to 3 inches long; margins entire to serrate.
Inflorescence: Racemes up to 4 inches long arising from leaf axils of upper leaves with 30+ flowers with irregularly 4-lobed corolla 3/16 to 1/4 inch across; the uppermost lobe the largest and the lower lobe smallest, pale lavender-blue, with dark violet lines.
Bloom period: March to June.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Introduced
Scientific Name Veronica persica USDA PLANTS Symbol VEPE3
Common Name Bird-eye Speedwell, Winter Speedwell ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 33405
Family Plantaginaceae (Plantain) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Various soils in waste areas and lawns.
Plant: Low annual, erect, becoming spreading, single stem branching at base, 1 to 16 inches long, with soft-hairy foliage.
Leaves: Alternate, broadly-ovate with rounded tips and edges dentate or with rounded lobes; 1/4 to 1-1/4 inches long.
Inflorescence: Solitary, small flowers arising from upper leaf axils on long (3/4 to 1-3/8 inches) pedicels; 4 rounded lobes, upper and side lobes violet-blue with dark veins, lower lobe almost white with light veins; overall 1/4 to 3/8-inch across.
Bloom period: February to May.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyaya Ajilvsgi.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Introduced

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