Donnerstag, 2. Juni 2011

Plant of the Day (June 2nd, 2011) - Veronica chamaedrys L. ssp. chamaedrys

Today's “Plant of the Day” will be the beautiful Veronica chamaedrys L. ssp. chamaedrys (“Germander Speedwell” in English and “Gamander Ehrenpreis, “Männertreu” or “Augentrost ” in German), a plant from the Plantaginaceae family (in older literature, this species still belongs to the Scrophulariaceae).
 V. chamaedrys L. ssp. chamaedrys - habitus

It's a small herb with bright-green leaves, which are sitting directly at the stalk with two leaves per node. Each leaf is egg-shaped and has rough sawn edges with 10 to 11 teeth per leaf. The stalk creeps at first, but later it grows upright.
V. chamaedrys L. ssp. chamaedrys - habitus
The flowers (about 10mm diameter) has conspicuous and beautiful violet (sometimes deeply blue) petals. The sepals are green and covered with numerous small glandular hairs. The inflorescence is a simple raceme. The flowers are a little bit asymmetrical.

V. chamaedrys L. ssp. chamaedrys - habitus

The species is native to Western Europe. It prefers sunny places, because only with light, its flowers become fertile. It also like fresh places, so you can find it e. g. at forest edges, bushes or meadows. I found this individuals in a sunny gap into the bushes, which surround Lake Unterbach in Düsseldorf, Western Germany.

V. chamaedrys L. ssp. chamaedrys -leaves

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