BROOKLIME

Veronica beccabunga

Plantain Family [Plantaginaceae]  
Formerly in: Figwort & Foxglove Family [Scrophulariaceae]

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27th May 2005, Chinley, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are fairly variable, sometimes elongated oval and bluntly toothed. Sometimes darker green and roundish oval.


27th May 2005, Chinley, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
The stems are fairly dark. The bright blue flowers in spikes.


1st March 2008, Lathkilldale, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
More usually looking as if floating on shallow slowly moving fresh water. The leaves here are rounder and darker, with radiating veins.


9th June 2009, Blackleach Nature Reserve, Walkden, Manchester. Photo: © RWD
The light brown stems are reddish tinged on the sunward side. Two roundish fruits visible on extreme left. The leaves are oval, shiny, stalked and slightly but bluntly toothed.




19th May 2011, Blackleach Country Park, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
The flowers are in spikes, on opposing stems set at upwards angle of about 45°. Leaves in opposite pairs.


19th May 2011, Blackleach Country Park, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
A single flower has flowers set in approximate pairs, bunched up together near the tip. The four sepals behind open flowers are pointed at the end and splayed out to display the flower almost flat.


9th June 2009, Blackleach Nature Reserve, Walkden, Manchester. Photo: © RWD
The bright and deep-blue flowers are typically Speedwell shaped: A larger top petal, two side lobes and a narrower lower petal, all tending towards white in the centre of the flower. Two stamens with indigo pollen atop. There is a smallish white area in the centre.


19th May 2011, Blackleach Country Park, Gtr M/cr. Photo: © RWD
Flowers are bilaterally symmetric; a large roundish upper petal, two slightly oval side petals, and a narrower lower petal, all streaked with indigo veins. The four pointed sepals appear behind and between the petals.


Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature :

No relation to : Brookweed [a plant with similar name] that belongs to the Primrose Family with 5 petals, whereas Brooklime belongs to the Speedwell Genus of the Plantain Family.

Likes to grow in shallow brooks or small streams in freshwater. The flowers are a bright but deep blue.


  Veronica beccabunga  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Plantaginaceae  

Distribution
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 BSBI maps
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Veronica
(Speedwells)

BROOKLIME

Veronica beccabunga

Plantain Family [Plantaginaceae]  
Formerly in: Figwort & Foxglove Family [Scrophulariaceae]

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