Wavy-Leaf Speedwell
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Wavy-Leaf Speedwell
P Native Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Wavy-Leaf Speedwell
Botanical name: Veronica undulata    Family: Plantaginaceae (Isabgol family)
Synonyms: Veronica anagallis-aquatica subsp. undulata

Wavy-Leaf Speedwell is a perennial, rarely annual, herb with stems, inflorescence axes, flower-stalks, calyces, and capsules sparsely with capitate glandular hairs. Stems are erect or prostrate at base, branched or not, 10-100 cm tall, fleshy. Leaves are stalkless, stem-clasping upward; leaf blade mostly elliptic to ovate, sometime ovate-oblong or linear-lanceshaped, rarely lanceshaped, 2-10 X 1-3.5 cm, margin usually sawtoothed. Flowers are borne in racemes longer than leaves, 1-1.5 cm wide, many flowered, in leaf axils. Flower-stalks are 3-5 mm, as long as or shorter than bract, straight, at a right angle with inflorescence axis, patent in fruit. Sepal-cup is 4-lobed; sepals ovate-lanceshaped, about 3 mm, equal in size, erect to patent, not appressed to capsule in fruit, tip pointed. Flowers are pale blue, pale purple, or white, pinwheel-shaped, 4-5 mm in diameter; tube short; petals broadly ovate, slightly unequal in width. Stamens are shorter than flower. Capsule is nearly spherical, as long as wide and as sepal-cup, slightly compressed, tip rounded and slightly notched. Wavy-Leaf Speedwell is found from Afghanistan to India, Himalayas and China, at altitudes up to 2800 m. Flowering: April-September.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Delhi & Haryana.

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