WOOD SPEEDWELL

Veronica montana

Plantain Family [Plantaginaceae]

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26th April 2014, woods, near Runcorn East, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
A low, short (p to 40cm long) and sprawling perennial with flowers much smaller than the large leaves.


26th April 2014, woods, near Runcorn East, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Leaves oval to broad-oval and serrately toothed. Leaf stems 5-15mm long.


26th April 2014, woods, near Runcorn East, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Leaves hairy.


26th April 2014, woods, near Runcorn East, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Flowers in racemes


26th April 2014, woods, near Runcorn East, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Flowers pale lilac-blue, 8-10mm across


26th April 2014, woods, near Runcorn East, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Stems hairy all around.


26th April 2014, woods, near Runcorn East, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Two stamens with purplish anthers.


26th April 2014, woods, near Runcorn East, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Four sepals.


26th April 2014, woods, near Runcorn East, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Sepals and stems hairy and with tiny blobs on the ends.


Some similarities to : Green Field-speedwell (Veronica agrestis) but that has pale-blue flowers and the lowest (narrowest) petal usually white. Buit it doesn't grow in woods as does Wood Speedwell, but rather as an agricultural weed.

Slight resemblance to : Grey Field-speedwell (Veronica polita) but that has greyish green leaves and the flowers are dark-blue.

Distinguishing Feature : large green leaves

A native Speedwell occupying dampish woods. Distribution is scattered but locally-frequent across the UK except to the Isle of Man and Northern Scotland.


  Veronica montana  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Plantaginaceae  

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Veronica
(Speedwells)

WOOD SPEEDWELL

Veronica montana

Plantain Family [Plantaginaceae]