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Veronica saxicola - Maungaraho rock hebe

Family: Plantaginaceae

Veronica saxicola is a small many branched shrub with erect to spreading branches and narrow, concave leaves. Hairs are present on young branches and leaves are erect to horizontal. Also known as Hebe saxicola

An endemic species restricted to the middle of the North Island (near Tokatoka)

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: branched bush up to 1/2 m

Arrangement of parts: asymmetric

Leaf bud: gap(sinus) absent

Flower size: 2-5 x 2 mm

Leaf form: narrow-elliptic

Sepals: 5

Leaf size: 10-30  mm

Petals: 5, white, pink

Leaf arrangement: in opposite pairs

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 2

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry, 4-5 mm long