Veronica sobolifera B.G.Briggs & Ehrend. APNI*
Synonyms: Veronica sp. B sensu Harden (1992) APNI*
Veronica sp. B APNI*
Description: Herbs with subterranean rhizomes and erect stems, without surface runners. Rhizomes extensively developed and with small scale-like leaves, finally bending upwards to produce erect flowering stems. Flowering stems 10–40 cm long, often with leafy lateral branches below the inflorescence; stem hairs fine but rigid, mostly antrorsely curved.
Leaves ± palmately nerved with 3–5 nerves, broad-ovate, 13–30 mm long, 8–15 mm broad; the base truncate; apex acute, margins serrate with 3–8 uneven, apiculate teeth on each side, upper surface glabrous except for very small papillose hairs towards the margin; lower surface with scattered antrorsely-curved hairs on and between the nerves.
Racemes single or paired, 4–7 cm long with 6–20 flowers; peduncle 15–35 mm long. Bracts broad-ovate, often rather large, to 8 mm long. Pedicels 8–20 mm long, ascending to erect, rather stiff. Calyx lobes elliptic to broad-obovate, acute, almost doubled in size. from flower to fruit and finally measuring 6–7 mm long, with both long and short hairs on the margins. Corolla white tinged with mauve, length 5–6 mm.
Capsule broader than long, 2–3 mm long, 2.5–3.5 mm broad, slightly emarginate, with short fine hairs on the margin; style 4–5 mm long. Seeds broad ovoid, c. 1.5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Species occurs in a restricted range but common in several conserved areas.
Grows in moist eucalypt woodland, grassland or swampy sites, 1000–1500 m alt., in the Barrington Tops–Gloucester area.
NSW subdivisions: NT
Text by B. G. Briggs, B. Wiecek & A. J. Whalen: Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992): Briggs and Ehrendorfer (2006)
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