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Water Speedwell
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Water Speedwell
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Water Speedwell, Brook-pimpernel, Blue water speedwell • Hindi: sada, sadevi
Botanical name: Veronica anagallis-aquatica    Family: Plantaginaceae (Isabgol family)

Water Speedwell is a fibrous-rooted, biennial or short-lived perennial plant, more or less erect, 20-100 cm tall. The plant is hairless throughout, or slightly glandular-short-hairy among the flowers. Leaves are oppositely arranged, mostly elliptic or elliptic-ovate to elliptic- oblong, stalkless and mostly stem-clasping, mostly 2-10 cm long and 0.7-5 cm wide, 1.5-3 times as long as wide, sharply saw-toothed to entire. Sterile, autumnal shoots have more rounded and stalked leaves. Flowers are borne many in elongated, long-stalked clusters, arising in leaf axils. Sepals are highly variable in form and size. Flowers are pale blue with darker nerves, about 5 mm wide. The flower stalks in fruit generally strongly ascending, or upcurved, 3-8 mm long. Fruit is a capsule, swollen, 2.5-4 mm long. Water Speedwell is found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 1500-4000 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Delhi.

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