Common name: Blue Water Speedwell
Veronica anagallis-aquatica L. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb to c. 80 cm high, glabrous apart from glandular hairs on inflorescence, with stout rhizomes; stems stout, soft, hollow, erect, to 80 c. or more high, 2–6 mm diam., green, bearing racemes at most nodes.
Leaves elliptic to narrow-ovate, 9.5–12.5 cm long, 4–45 mm wide, apex acute, base narrowed and lamina ± sessile, margins finely toothed.
Racemes 5–12 cm long, c. 15–40-flowered; peduncle mostly 2–4 cm long; fruiting pedicels ascending, 4–7 mm long, longer than bracts. Calyx lobes 2–3.5 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, in fruit. Corolla 2–5 mm long, blue or lilac.
Capsule ovoid or circular, 2.3–4.3 mm long, 2–4.2 mm wide, not strongly compressed, not or scarcely emarginate.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on banks of streams and drainage channels; south from Bathurst district.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *SWP, *NT
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
Text by B. G. Briggs, B. Wiecek & A. J. Whalen
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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