Corn Speedwell
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Corn Speedwell
A Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Corn Speedwell
Botanical name: Veronica arvensis    Family: Plantaginaceae (Isabgol family)
Synonyms: Veronica bellardii, Veronica hirsuta, Veronica micrantha

Corn Speedwell is a hairy, erect to almost prostrate annual herb, 9-40 cm tall, arising from a taproot. The leaves are oppositely arranged in pairs about the stem. The lower leaves have short leaf-stalks; the upper are stalkless. Each leaf, 1.5-2.5 cm long, is ovate, or triangular with a flat or slightly heart-shaped base, with coarse teeth. Flowers are pale blue to blue-violet, 2-3 mm across, four-petalled with a narrow lowest petal. They are borne in a raceme, initially compact but elongating with age. Flower stalks are 0.5-2 mm and shorter than the bracts. The fruit capsules are heart-shaped and shorter than the sepal-teeth. Corn Speedwell is native to Europe, West Himalaya, Africa and Asia-Temperate. Flowering: April-October.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Kashmir.

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