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Water Speedwell

Veronica anagallis-aquatica

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Photographed in Hassayampa Box Canyon, Yavapai Co., Arizona. April 2008.

HERBACEOUS PERENNIAL: Plants usually survive several seasons so long as intervening droughts are not too severe. Succulent above ground portions rarely exceed 50 cm in height. Several ascending branches.

FLOWERS: Blue-violet flowers are are nearly radially symmetrical. Spikes branch out from leaf axils often with many flowers open at once.

RANGE: Normally grows in moist sand along intermitent streams. Blooming from mid spring through autumn. Generally distributed and common in upper elevations of the Sonoran Desert, but restricted to riparian and semi-riparian habitats.

LEAVES: Leaves are elyptic and variously toothed or smooth along margins. The bases more-or-less clasp the stem and are opposite.

FRUIT: Capsules are flattened and contain a number of seeds.


Scrophulariaceae -- Figwort Family

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