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.


4th May 2019, Fairy Glen, Appley Bridge, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Leaves with forwardly-directed curved teeth (serrate).


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. The upper leaves are without stalks (sessile).


4th May 2019, Fairy Glen, Appley Bridge, Lancs. Photo: © RWD


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 (unequal) sepals.


26th April 2014, woods, near Runcorn East, Merseyside. Photo: © RWD
Sepals and stems are hairy and with tiny blobs (it could be a tiny 'T-bar'?) on the ends. The hairs on the stem are all around the stem (rather than in two opposite longitudinal lines).


4th May 2019, Fairy Glen, Appley Bridge, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Two anthers (pale pink and reflexed [here]) on long azure-purple filaments. Style concolorous with filaments (but longer) and with a discoidal pale-pink stigma at the end. 4 unequal petals, lower one shortest, upper one largest, side ones of equal size, but then most (all?) Speedwells have flowers like this. But the flowers vary in size and in colour between species.


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.


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Veronica
(Speedwells)

WOOD SPEEDWELL

Veronica montana

Plantain Family [Plantaginaceae]