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Gypsy-weed - Veronica officinalis
Other Names:  Common Gypsyweed, Common Speedwell, Heath Speedwell, Gypsyweed

Non-native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
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MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 0

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General Description
Rhizomatous perennial. Stems often branched, basally prostrate and rooting at the nodes, terminally ascending 5–25 cm. Herbage pubescent to hirsute. Leaves short-petiolate; blades 15–40 mm long, ovate to obovate, serrulate. Inflorescence of glandular-pubescent, axillary racemes; pedicels ca. 1 mm long. Flowers: calyx 1–3 mm long; corolla light blue, 4–7 mm across; style 3–4 mm long. Capsule obtriangular, not notched, 3–5 mm long, glandular (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Unknown
 


Range Comments
Introduced to eastern and northwest North America; native to Europe (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 55

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Habitat
Lawns, roadsides and open to closed, usually disturbed forest; valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Ecology
POLLINATORS
The following animal species have been reported as pollinators of this plant species or its genus where their geographic ranges overlap: Bombus vagans and Bombus pensylvanicus (Colla and Dumesh 2010).

Management

References
  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Colla, S.R. and S. Dumesh. 2010. The bumble bees of southern Ontario: notes on natural history and distribution. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario 141: 39-68.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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