West Highland Flora

Germander Speedwell


Veronica chamaedrys

 

Veronica chamaedrys

Photo Carl Farmer
25 May 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye
Flower 10 mm across

Common in grassland and woods, also in scree slopes.

Height c 25-50 cm.  Flower diameter c 9-12 mm

ID: Flowers in spikes arising from leaf axils.  Leaves hairy, unstalked or with stalk < 5 mm.  Flower-stalks at least as long as the bract at their base, and at least as long as the calyx.

The two lines of hairs up the stem are nearly always present and are enough on their own to ID the plant, but in deep shade the stem is sometimes equally hairy all round.

Other features: Leaves well-toothed.  Fruit-capsule shorter than calyx.  Flowers normally bright blue with white eye, as in pic on left, but occasionally more of a mauve colour.

 

Veronica chamaedrys

Photo Carl Farmer
10 Sep 2002 Portree, Skye
 

  Veronica chamaedrys

Photo Carl Farmer
31 May 2003 Storr, Skye
 

Leaves   Blue and lilac flowers on same stem


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