WAYSIDE SPEEDWELL
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Veronica polita  Fr.
Riley County, Kansas
Annual
Height: Prostrate or ascending
Family: Plantaginaceae - Plantain Family
Flowering Period:   April, May, June
Stems: Usually branched from base, 2 to 12 inches long; plants pubescent.
Leaves: Lower opposite, upper alternate; petiole present; blade broadly ovate to nearly round, .16 to .6 inch long, .12 to .43 inch wide, margins deeply crenate, tip blunt to rounded.
Inflorescences: Racemes, terminal.
Flowers: Pedicels .2 to .6 inch long; calyx 4-lobed, .08 to .16 inch, lobes ovate; corolla blue or white with blue lines, 4-lobed, .12 to .16 inch; stamens 2, equal, exserted.
Fruits: Capsules symmetric, strongly compressed, .12 to .16 inch long, .16 to .2 inch wide; seeds pale yellow, ovate, 1.3--1.7 mm.
Habitat: Lawns, fields, roadsides, waste ground.
Distribution: Statewide
Origin: Introduced
Comments: Named for St. Veronica and "smoothed".

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