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Purslane Speedwell - Veronica peregrina

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Annual. Stems ascending to erect, simple or branched below, 2–30 cm. Herbage glandular-pubescent. Leaves few, sessile, 5–20 mm long, oblanceolate, obscurely crenate to entire. Inflorescence a terminal, glandular raceme; pedicels 1 mm or less long. Flowers: calyx 2–3 mm long; corolla white to lavender, 2–3 mm across; style <0.5 mm long. Capsule obcordate, shallowly notched, 2–4 mm high, glandular-puberulent (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are variety xalapensis (Kunth) Pennell.

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Throughout much of N. and S. America; Asia (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 57

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Disturbed, sparsely vegetated soil of grasslands, roadsides and drying mud of wetlands, streambanks; plains, valleys, montane (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Cope, M.G. 1992. Distribution, habitat selection and survival of transplanted Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus phasianellus columbianus) in the Tobacco Valley, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 60 p.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Martinka, R.R. 1970. Structural characteristics and ecological relationships of male blue grouse (Dendragapus obscurus (Say)) territories in southwestern Montana. Ph.D Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 73 p.
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