Veronica anagallis-aquatica L.

Family: Plantaginaceae

Pertinent Synonyms & Notes (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other synonyms)


Pertinent Common Names (particularly those used in California; go to GRIN for other common names)

water speedwell

Primary Disseminule Type


Description (diagnostics are in brown)

Fruit a dehiscent capsule, subglobose, 2.5–4 mm long, barely notched at apex.

Seed broadly elliptic to oblong in outline, sometimes with a tiny protrusion at base, D-shaped in cross-section and profile (dorsal side very convex, ventral side ± flat), 0.3–0.6 mm long x 0.25–0.45 mm wide x 0.15–0.25 mm thick. Surface shiny, wrinkled to reticulate, light yellowish-brown with sometimes a dark spot at base.

Hilum ± round, darker (at least the small dot-like vascular scar) than rest of testa, sunken, centrally located about 2/3 up on ventral side.

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Risk Assessment (codes in yellow or red indicate cause for concern; assessments are current as of mid-2011; click AUQP, NZBORIC, or NZBPI for access to the most recent versions of these databases and possible assessment changes)