ROCK SPEEDWELL

Veronica fruticans

Plantain Family [Plantaginaceae]

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8blue
inner
inner8red
inner
inner8white
morph
morph8zygo
petals
petalsZ4
type
typeZspiked
stem
stem8round
rarity
rarityZscarce
sex
sexZbisexual

Unknown Place, Unknown Date. Photo: © John Law
Grows up to 20cm long, either erect or on a slant. The leaves have very short stalks and are oblong-elliptical with little or no teeth on the edges, bar a few tiny pimples as seen here. The flowers are on quite long flowerstalks, at intervals on alternate sides of the stems, which are minutely hairy.


Unknown Place, Unknown Date. Photo: © John Law
The corolla is a large 10 to 15mm across, slightly zygomorphic, with one of the petals slightly shorter than the others but all approximately the same width (without the lower petal being by far the narrowest as is usual for Speedwells). However, this particular Speedwell occupies the SubGenus Stenocarpon all on its own. It normally has two long white white filaments with a white anther each (but this specimen has but one). There is a slightly shorter central mauve-coloured style with a discoidal lilac-coloured stigma. The petals are all a deep blue with only traces of red at the edges. A red coronal ring surrounds a white centre; all in all a quite distinctive and unmistakable Speedwell.


Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : Look at the flower...

It is native being a fairly rare [RR] found only on high rocks in Central Scotland which are above 540m in height!


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Distribution
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 BSBI maps
genus8Veronica
Veronica
(Speedwells)

ROCK SPEEDWELL

Veronica fruticans

Plantain Family [Plantaginaceae]