Art. LXXII. Descriptions of Two New Species of Veronica.
[Read before the Wellington Philosophical Society, 14th November, 1876.]
Veronica obovata, n. s.
An erect glabrous shrub, 4—5 feet high, sparingly branched, branches erect, when old strongly marked with the scars of fallen leaves. Leaves concave, loosely imbricated, erect, ¾—1 inch long, narrow, obovate or oblong,
narrowed into the very broad flat petiole, obtuse or slightly mucronate. Racemes two, rarely three, near the ends of the branches, much longer than the leaves, puberulous, loosely flowered, pedicels as long or longer than the calyx, calyx lobes ovate, obtuse, puberulous; corolla small; capsules not seen
Hab.: Broken River, Canterbury. Alt.: 2,000 feet. J. D. Enys and T. Kirk.
Allied to V. lœvis, Hook., f., from which it is readily distinguished by the larger leaves, the lax racemes, and peculiar habit.
Veronica carnescens, n. s.
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A small procumbent herb, stems 1–2 inches in length, more or less hispid. Leaves opposite, 1/12-1/12 of an inch long, shortly petioled, broadly ovate, obtuse, nearly rounded at the tip, ciliated, and usually clothed on both surfaces with white retrorse hairs. Flowers solitary, axillary, on slender peduncles, ⅕-⅓ inch long, with two hispid bracts near the base, sepals lanceolate, hispid; corolla very large for the size of the plant; capsule not seen.
Hab.: Lake Lyndon, Canterbury. Alt.: 2,800 feet. J. D. Enys and T. Kirk. Oamaru District, Otago. J. Buchanan.
This very distinct species is one of the most minute flowering plants in the New Zealand Flora, and is the only indigenous species which produces solitary axillary flowers.
It is probably not uncommon, as, from the grey tint of the hispid foliage, it is easily overlooked, except during the flowering season, when its delicate but showy pale blue corolla at once attracts attention. In habit this plant closely approaches Anagallis tenella, L.
Description of Plate.
Plate XIX.—1. Veronica canescens, natural size. 2. Leaf 3. Flower. 4. Pistil, enlarged.