West Highland Flora

Thyme-leaved Speedwell


Veronica serpyllifolia

 

Veronica serpyllifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
2 May 2002 Portree, Skye

Common on bare ground, gravel, edges of car parks etc, and as a garden weed, or in short grass.  Also in mountain scree.

Height c 10-25 cm.  Flowers c 4-6 mm across. 

ID: Flowers white or pale blue with dark blue lines in the top half.  Leaves without the hairy, toothed, look of most small Speedwells, being glossy, smooth and more or less untoothed, though hairs and teeth may be found on close inspection.

Other features: Creeping and rooting, with ascending stems terminating in leafy flower-spikes.  Flower bracts longer than flower stalks, which are longer than the calyx, which is eventually about as long as the ripe fruit within it, which is broader than long.

 

Veronica serpyllifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
11 May 2003 Portree, Skye

  Veronica serpyllifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
13 Apr 2003 Portree, Skye
Flowers 4 mm across

 

Veronica serpyllifolia

Photo Carl Farmer
15 May 2003 Coulnacraggan, Skye
Flower 6 mm across

 

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