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Veronica officinalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Veronica
Species: V. officinalis
Binomial name
Veronica officinalis
L.
Common Gypsyweed in Oregon

Veronica officinalis (Heath Speedwell, Common Speedwell, Common Gypsyweed, Paul's Betony) is a species of Veronica, native to Europe and western Asia.

It is a herbaceous perennial with hairy green stems 10–50 cm long that cover the ground in mats and send up short vertical shoots which bear soft violet flowers. The leaves are 1.5–5 cm long and 1–3 cm broad, and softly hairy.

It flowers from May until August

Cultivation and uses

This speedwell grows in fields and takes hold in areas that have been disturbed. It is a potential weed if its seed gets into collections of agricultural seed, such as alfalfa. Historically the green parts of the plant have been used medicinally for coughs, otitis media, and gastrointestinal distress. The plant is rich in vitamins, tannins, and the glycoside aucuboside. Aucuboside, which is also found in many other Plantaginaceae species, is thought to have antiinflammatory properties. Extracts are widely sold as herbal remedies for sinus and ear infections. It has been introduced to North America and is widely naturalised there.

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Wikispecies

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

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Taxonavigation

Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Euasterids I
Ordo: Lamiales
Familia: Plantaginaceae
Tribus: Veroniceae
Genus: Veronica

Name

Veronica officinalis L.

Source

USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?80301 (13 February 2008)

Vernacular names

Català: verònica oficinal, herba dels leprosos, te de muntanya, te del país[1]
English: Heath Speedwell, Common Speedwell, Common gypsyweed, Paul's betony, upland speedwell
Español: Plumilla, té de Europa, hierba de los leprosos, verónica
Türkçe: Çıban otu
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