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Veronica wormskjoldii

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Family: PlantaginaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual to shrub, some aquatic. Leaf: basal or cauline, alternate or opposite (whorled), simple, entire to dentate or lobed, venation generally pinnate; stipules 0. Inflorescence: raceme, spike, or flowers axillary in 1--few-flowered clusters; flowers few to many, each subtended by 1 bract. Flower: unisexual or bisexual, radial or bilateral; sepals 4--5, generally fused at base; corolla 4--5-lobed, scarious or not, persistent or not, generally 2-lipped, upper lip generally 2-lobed, lower generally 3-lobed, spur present or not, tube sac-like at base or not; stamens 2 or 4, alternate corolla lobes, epipetalous, staminode 0 or 1--2, anthers opening by 2 slits; ovary superior, [1]2--4-chambered, style 1, stigma lobes 0 or 2. Fruit: generally a capsule, septicidal, loculicidal, circumscissile, or dehiscing by terminal slits or pores.
Genera In Family: 110 genera, +- 2000 species: worldwide, especially temperate. Note: Veronicaceae sensu Olmstead et al. Recently treated to include Callitrichaceae, Hippuridaceae, and most non-parasitic California genera of Scrophulariaceae (except Buddleja, Limosella, Mimulus, Myoporum, Scrophularia, Verbascum). California Maurandya moved to Holmgrenanthe and Maurandella. Limnophila ×ludoviciana Thieret an occasional agricultural weed in rice fields. Hebe ×franciscana (Eastw.) Souster, Hebe speciosa (R. Cunn.) Andersen only cultivated.
eFlora Treatment Author: Margriet Wetherwax, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Robert Patterson, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: VeronicaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb. Stem: erect or prostrate. Leaf: cauline, opposite, sessile to short-petioled. Inflorescence: raceme, terminal or axillary, or flowers 1 in axils; bracts small, alternate. Flower: sepals generally 4(5), +- free, generally unequal; corolla +- radial, +- rotate, generally 4-lobed, tube << lobes, upper lobe wide (perhaps formed by fusion of upper pair), blue or violet to white; stamens 2, exserted; stigma unlobed. Fruit: flattened perpendicular to septum, generally obcordate, loculicidal and septicidal.
Species In Genus: +- 250 species: northern temperate, especially Eurasia. Etymology: (Named for Saint Veronica) Note: Veronica beccabunga L., Veronica chamaedrys L. not in California; Veronica filiformis Sm., Veronica hederifolia L. occasionally as lawn weeds. Veronica biloba L., native to eastern Europe, Asia, a waif in southern Sierra Nevada Foothills, Modoc Plateau, differs from Veronica persica in ways including shorter styles (< 1 mm).

Veronica wormskjoldii Roem. & Schult.
Habit: Perennial herb, rhizomed, long-wavy-hairy. Stem: erect nearly from base, rooting at nodes, generally simple, 10--25(40) cm. Leaf: sessile; 20--40 mm, lanceolate to elliptic, entire to crenate, tip acute to obtuse. Inflorescence: racemes terminal, dense to interrupted, glandular- to sticky-hairy; bracts linear to lanceolate; pedicels 2--6 mm. Flower: sepals 3.5--5.5 mm, lanceolate; corolla 6--10 mm, deep blue; style 0.8--1.3 mm. Fruit: 4.5--6.5 mm, longer than wide; notch 0.1--0.5 mm. Seed: +- 1 mm, flat. Chromosomes: 2n=18,36.
Ecology: Moist alpine meadows, streambanks, lakeshores; Elevation: 1500--3500 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, CaR, SN, MP; Distribution Outside California: to Alaska, northeastern United States, northern Mexico. Flowering Time: Jun--Aug
Synonyms: Veronica alpina L. var. alterniflora Fernald
eFlora Treatment Author: Margriet Wetherwax
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Citation for this treatment: Margriet Wetherwax 2016. Veronica wormskjoldii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 05, 2016.

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Geographic subdivisions for Veronica wormskjoldii:
KR, CaR, SN, MP;
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