Veronica officinalis, SE: Ärenpris, DE: Echte Ehrenpreis, Wald-Ehrenpreis,
NL: Mannetjesereprijs, UK: Heath speedwell, Common speedwell,
Common gypsyweed, Paul's betony
|| ||Veronica officinalis L.|
|| ||Echte Ehrenpreis, Wald-Ehrenpreis|
|| ||Heath speedwell, Common speedwell, Common gypsyweed, Paul's betony|
|| ||Plantaginaceae, Plantain Family (formerly Scrophulariaceae - Figwort Family), Lejongapsväxter|
|| ||Height 10-30cm, limp–ascending, branching, rooting, soft-haired|
|| ||Opposite, short-stalked. Blade elliptic–ovate, with tapered base, hairy, finely toothed.|
|| ||Inflorescence a dense axillary raceme; corolla pale blue–purple, almost regular (actinomorphic)|
|| || Capsule|
|| ||Dry slopes, hillocks, clearings and in wooded areas|
|| ||Throughout the country|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Veronica, named for the woman who took her veil, or a linen cloth, and wiped the sweat from the face of Jesus as he was bearing his cross to Calvary, and so named because the markings on some species supposedly resemble those on her sacred handkerchief.
officinalis, derived from opificina, shortened to officina, originally a workshop, later a monastic storeroom, then a herb-store, pharmacy or drug-shop.
- The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.