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Nov 22, 2011 2:53 AM CST
|I don't manage to find an ID for this delicate beauty. I photographed it last year in the nature reserve.
The plant was not tall, maybe around 20-30cm.
Only one picture unfortunately..
Nov 22, 2011 6:56 AM CST
|I'm sure it's a Veronica Myriam, the flowers and seed pods are much like the tall one I have but that has serrated foliage edges.
This is similar..Veronica barrelieri subsp. nitens but not quite right
Veronica barrelieri ssp. barrelieri.. no
Veronica maritima.. serrate foliage
A hybrid of V. spicata which doesn't have serrate foliage..
This one does have serrate foliage but it's close! I wonder if there are two types of foliage with the ones near the flowers being simple..
The wild V. spicata here has simple foliage.. but deeper purple flowers, spicata looks like the one, it will vary in different situations.
Veronica longifolia is similar..
The flowers look closer to longifolia if these pics are correct, leaves look serrate ..
Leaves also look broader.. yours could be broader further down the stem..
Herbarium specimen seems to rule longifolia out..
Veronica longifolia 'Exaltata' (the next two links don't work but are in the page of pics on wiki)
All pics of longifolia have broader foliage..
Veronica spicata looks most likely.
Nov 22, 2011 7:22 AM CST
|Photos of C. spicata in the wild..
V. longifolia... foliage not shown on the paler one, foliage definitely very serrate on others.
Nov 22, 2011 7:37 AM CST
|Thanks Janet, my first thought was exactly Veronica spicata, but after googling pictures I came back on that, because the flower spikes are so densely covered with flowers, while mine has the very tiny flowers widely apart along the spike..
Could it be a mall nourished veronica spicata perhaps?
Nov 22, 2011 7:44 AM CST
|That was my thoughts Myriam, it could also be a first year flowering. I can't see it would be anything else, but it could be.
It might be reaching for the sun and not found it too.
Nov 22, 2011 8:45 AM CST
|Thanks Janet, I also don't see another option!
I'll try to remember where exactly I found it, next year it might have grown more mature
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