Common name: Pink Water Speedwell
Veronica catenata Pennell APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, glabrous apart from glandular hairs on inflorescence; rhizomes stout; stems stout, soft, hollow, erect, to 100 cm high, 2–6 mm diam., tinged with purple, bearing racemes at most nodes.
Leaves elliptic to lanceolate, 2–7.5 cm long, 2–15 mm wide, apex acute, sessile, slightly amplexicaul, margins entire or finely toothed.
Racemes 5–15 cm long, c. 15–30-flowered; peduncle mostly 1–3 cm long; fruiting pedicels spreading, 1.8–4 mm long, shorter than bracts. Calyx lobes 1.8–3.5 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, in fruit. Corolla 1.8–3 mm long, pale pink or mauve.
Capsule ovate or circular, 2–3 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, often slightly broader than long, slightly emarginate, not strongly compressed.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in running water and on stream banks or marshy ground, naturalized in the Booligal district. Native of Europe.
NSW subdivisions: *ST, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Vic. *S.A.
Plants that show features intermediate between V. anagallis-aquatica and V. catenata occur near Bombala (ST).
Text by B. G. Briggs, B. Wiecek & A. J. Whalen
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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