Persian Speedwell
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Persian Speedwell
aturalized Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Persian Speedwell, Birdeye Speedwell, Common Field Speedwell
Botanical name: Veronica persica      Family: Plantaginaceae (Isabgol family)

Persian speedwell is a small annual herb, prostrate and spreading, with solitary blue in leaf-axils flowers, borne on long stalks longer than the small subtending ovate leaves. Flowers are 8-12 mm across, sky-blue with dark stripes and a white center. Sepals are ovate-lanceshaped 6-7 mm; filaments of stamens white, anthers blue. Leaves are alternate, 0.5-2 cm, broadly ovate, toothed, short-stalked, the lowest leaves opposite. Stems are 10-60 cm. Capsule with two widely divergent lobes, strongly keeled and with glandular hairs. Persian speedwell is native to Iran, but now a worldwide weed. In India it is found in the Himalaya, Pakistan to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 1500-2800 m. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Mussoorie

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