neck-weed, purslane speedwell
Etymology: Veronica: named after Saint Veronica, the woman who gave Jesus a cloth to wipe his face while on the way to Calvary, and so named because the markings on some species supposedly resemble those on her sacred handkerchief
Plants: erect, annual, 1"-12" tall forb, simple or branching near the bottom
Leaves: opposite except alternate in the inflorescence, 3-10 times as long as wide, either entire or with irregular teeth
Flowers: cream, 4-parted, less than 1/8" wide, mostly stalkless, lobes longer than the tube; inflorescence a long, terminal, leafy cluster with one flower in each axil; blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: notched capsule
Habitat: moist; disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 0, Wetland Indicator = FACW+ USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"