GREY-FIELD SPEEDWELL

Veronica polita

Plantain Family [Plantaginaceae]

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flower
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2nd June 2007, Shorewell, Sandy Way Heath, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
It is an annual plant which is approximately prostrate.


2nd June 2007, Shorewell, Sandy Way Heath, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
It differs from Green Field-Speedwell in that the lower leaves are wider than they are long! (an unusual state of affairs for most plants but there is one just about visible just above and to the right of the lowest but central set of leaves).


2nd June 2007, Shorewell, Sandy Way Heath, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The leaves are supposed to be a greyish-green and certainly not light-green to mid-green. The petals are a dark-blue on their upper surface but here you are looking at their paler undersides since they have not yet fully opened. The leaves have glandular hairs (seemingly mostly on their edges)


2nd June 2007, Shorewell, Sandy Way Heath, IoW. Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
The stems have straight glandular hairs as well as shorter curving glandular hairs on the leaves.


Easily mistaken for : Green Field-Speedwell (Veronica agrestis) but that has ovate leaves which are also greener.

The calyx (aka sepal tube of the flowers) - which is not visible in any of the photos, are acute to sub-acute in shape (and not obtuse [aka blunt] to sub-acute) on Grey-field Speedwell.

The seed capsules (again not visible on any of the photos), have many short but strongly curved hairs (and are without glands) as well as a variable number of erect glandular hairs.


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Veronica
(Speedwells)

GREY-FIELD SPEEDWELL

Veronica polita

Plantain Family [Plantaginaceae]