Veronica subtilis B.G.Briggs & Ehrend. APNI*
Synonyms: Veronica sp. A sensu Harden (1992) APNI*
Description: Herbs with erect flowering stems and long slender rhizomes, surface runners absent. Rhizomes with long internodes and small scale-like leaves. Flowering stems very slender or almost filiform 10–25 mm long; the longest internodes between well-developed leaves 12–40 mm long; stem hairs very short papillose.
Leaves entire, mostly linear (those near base of stem or on vegetative shoots sometimes ovate or reduced and scale-like), sessile, narrowed gradually toward apex and base, 11–25 mm long, 0.8–2 mm broad, the apex acuminate and apiculate, the margins somewhat revolute and thickened, the lateral veins scarcely visible, green or brown when dry, glabrous except for very short antrorse hairs on the upper side at and near the margins
Inflorescence a raceme, single or paired, at 1–2 nodes of the uppermost part of the stem, clearly overtopping the main axis, 1.5–5. 5 cm long with mostly 2–4 flowers; peduncle10–35 mm long. Bracts linear, to 6 mm long. Fruiting pedicels 10–20 mm long. Calyx lobes broad-linear, acute, in young fruit ca. 4–5 mm long, 0.6–1 mm broad; margins and inner surface with very short antrorse papillose hairs. Corolla mauve or pale blue, 3.5–5 mm long.
Capsule glabrous, emarginate, slightly broader than long, ca. 2 mm long, 4.5 mm wide.
Flowering: spring to late summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Central and Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, widespread at both high and low altitudes in eastern and south western Victoria and collected from Honans Scrub in the south east of South Australia.
Grows in moist sites in swamps, Sphagnum bogs, grassland, grassy forest.
NSW subdivisions: CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A.
Text by B. G. Briggs, B. Wiecek & A. J. Whalen: Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Briggs and Ehrendorfer (2006). New Australian species of Veronica sens. lat. (Plantaginaceae). Telopea 11(3): 287-288.
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