Veronica macrocarpa var. macrocarpa

Species

Veronica macrocarpa var. macrocarpa

Etymology

Veronica: Named after Saint Veronica, who gave Jesus her veil to wipe his brow as he carried the cross through Jerusalem, perhaps because the common name of this plant is 'speedwell'. The name Veronica is often believed to derive from the Latin vera 'truth' and iconica 'image', but it is actually derived from the Macedonian name Berenice which means 'bearer of victory'.
macrocarpa: large fruit

Common Name(s)

Hebe

Current Threat Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Previous Threat Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened

Authority

Veronica macrocarpa Vahl var. macrocarpa

Family

Plantaginaceae

Brief Description

Bushy shrub bearing pairs of narrow leaves and spikes of small white or pinkish flowers inhabiting the wider Auckland area. Leaves to 163mm long, m-shaped in cross section. Leaf bud without gap at base. Flowers closely spaced, with longish threads (anthers), in spikes around equal leaf length.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Synonyms

Panoxis macrocarpa (Vahl) Raf., Hebe macrocarpa (Vahl) Cockayne et Allan var. macrocarpa

Main Flower Colour

White

Other Flower Colour

Violet / Purple

Threats

Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 80

Endemic Taxon

Yes

Endemic Genus

No

Endemic Family

No

References and further reading

Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 11: 285-309

This page last updated on 22 Feb 2016

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