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NZ Plants

Veronica townsonii

Family: Plantaginaceae

Veronica townsonii is a many-branched shrub with pairs of narrow leaves distinguished by the unusual presence of a row of pores (domatia) just in from the margin on the lower surface. Pale pink to white flowers are borne on unbranched spikes. Formerly Hebe townsonii.
An endemic species found in the north-western portion of the South Island.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: shrub up to 3 m

Arrangement of parts: asymmetric

Leaf bud: distinct; gap(sinus) broad, pointed

Flower size: 3-5 mm

Leaf form: undivided,

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 30-80 long x 5-9 mm wide

Petals: 5, white, pink

Leaf arrangement: opposite pairs

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 2

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairless; pores (domatia) on undersurface

Fruit: dry