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NZ Plants

Veronica obtusata - coastal hebe

Family: Plantaginaceae

Veronica obtusata, is a small often prostrate shrub with dark green elliptical leathery leaves and unbranched flowering spikes. Formerly Hebe obtusata.
An endemic species found on windswept coastal areas in central portion of the North Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: prostrate bush up to 0.5 m

Arrangement of parts: asymmetric

Leaf bud: distinct; gap(sinus) absent

Flower size: 2-4 mm long x 1.7-2 mm wide

Leaf form: undivided, broad elliptic to rounded and blunt at tip

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 20-50 mm

Petals:  5, white, pink

Leaf arrangement: in opposite pairs

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 2

Leaf margin: hairs

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: sparse hairs

Fruit: dry, 4-5 mm long