Veronica catenata Pennell
pink water speedwell
Plantaginaceae (Mare's-tail family)
(Previously in Scrophulariaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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Distribution of Veronica catenata
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Species Information

Perennial or sometimes biennial, amphibious herb from a shallow creeping rhizome, smooth throughout, sometimes glandular; stems sprawling or decumbent to ascending, 10-60 (100) cm long/tall, rooting at the lower nodes, simple to much-branched at the base, somewhat fleshy, often purple-tinged.
Opposite, mostly unstalked, somewhat clasping-based, lanceolate to oblong, 2-6 (9) cm long, 3-5 times as long as wide, entire or obscurely toothed.
Inflorescences several long, rather narrow, lax, opposite, stalked racemes arising from the axils of upper leaves, the racemes of 15 to 25 stalked flowers, the flower stalks straight and spreading, 3-7 mm long, slightly shorter than the reduced, broadly lanceolate bracts; corollas white to pink with darker lines or pale blue, saucer-shaped, 4-5 mm across, irregularly 4-lobed, the lobes much longer than the short tube, the lowest lobe narrower than the others; calyces about 3 mm long, deeply 4-lobed, the lobes unequal, broadly lanceolate to egg-shaped; styles 1.3-2 mm long, exserted; stamens 2.
Capsules, 2.5-3 mm long, a little wider than long, plump, somewhat globe-shaped, evidently notched at the tip; seeds numerous, flattened, 0.3-0.7 mm long.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Veronica catenata

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
1310 1310 1310
Slope Gradient (%)
0 0 0

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
8 8 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in


Habitat and Range

Wet meadows, ditches, shores, and shallow water along pond edges and slow-moving streams in the lowland and montane zones; rare in S BC; E to PQ and S to PA, OH, MO, OK, NM and CA; Europe.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia