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NZ Plants

Veronica speciosa - napuka, titirangi

Family: Plantaginaceae

Veronica speciosa is a small stoutly branched shrub with dark green, glossy and leathery leaves with unbranched spikes of distinctive bright reddish-magenta flowers. Formerly Hebe speciosa.
An endemic species found in coastal areas in the North Island and the northern portion of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: spreading shrub up to 2 m

Arrangement of parts: asymmetric

Leaf bud: distinct;  gap (sinus) small, rounded

Flower size: 4-5 mm

Leaf form: undivided, oval, oblong

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 45-100 mm

Petals: 5, red, magenta

Leaf arrangement: in opposite pairs

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 2

Leaf margin: hairs

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: sparse hairs

Fruit: dry