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Germander Speedwell - Veronica chamaedrys
Other Names:  Bird's-eye Speedwell, Cat's Eyes

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA
C-value: 1

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General Description
Rhizomatous perennial. Stems often branched, basally prostrate, rooting at the nodes, terminally ascending 10–30 cm. Herbage sparsely pubescent. Leaves opposite, 1–3 cm long, sessile or short-petiolate, ovate, deeply serrate. Inflorescence of puberulent axillary racemes; pedicels 5–7 mm long. Flowers: calyx 3–4 mm long; corolla blue, 9–12 mm across; style 3–5 mm long. Capsules not maturing in our material (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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

Also in Lewis and Clark County in disturbed sites (N. Snow, pers. comm. 2012).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 17

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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).


  • 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.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 p.
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