Common name: Wall Speedwell
Veronica arvensis L. APNI*
Description: Annual herb with stems to 10 cm high, pilose.
Leaves with lamina ovate to triangular, 0.3–1.8 cm long, 2–14 mm wide, apex obtuse, base truncate to cordate, margins bluntly toothed or crenate; petiole 0.5–9 mm long.
Flowers appearing solitary in the axils of leaf-like bracts; pedicels to 2 mm long in fruit. Calyx lobes 3–5 mm long in fruit. Corolla 1–2 mm long, pale blue or lilac.
Capsule broad-elliptic, broader than long, 1.3–3.5 mm long, 1.8–4 mm wide, deeply emarginate, with long fine hairs on margin.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in grassy areas, disturbed sites, weed of lawns and gardens; widespread. Native of Eur. & W Asia.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by B. G. Briggs, B. Wiecek & A. J. Whalen
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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