Veronica cusickii A. Gray
Cusick's speedwell
Plantaginaceae (Mare's-tail family)
(Previously in Scrophulariaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Daniel Stewart     (Photo ID #74304)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Veronica cusickii
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Species Information

Perennial herb from a shallow rhizome; stems erect or decumbent at the base, 5-20 cm tall, simple, thinly wavy-hairy and often also glandular, glandular-hairy in the inflorescence.
Opposite, unstalked, elliptic to egg-shaped, 1-2.5 cm long, entire, smooth.
Inflorescence a compact, terminal, bracted raceme of several stalked flowers; corollas deep blue-violet, saucer-shaped, 8-13 mm across, irregularly 4-lobed, the lobes much longer than the short tube, the upper lobe largest, the lowest lobe narrower than the others; calyces glandular-hairy, deeply 4-lobed, the lobes narrowly egg-shaped, unequal; styles 5-10 mm long, conspicuously exserted; stamens 2, exserted, the filaments 4-8 mm long.
Capsules, 4-6 mm long, a little longer than wide, flattened, heart-shaped, distinctly to scarcely notched at the tip, glandular-hairy; seeds numerous, flat, about 1 mm long.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Veronica cusickii

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)
1862 1370 2225
Slope Gradient (%)
12 0 66

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

232 10 315
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 2 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

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

BAFA(1), ESSF(17), MS(1)

Habitat and Range

Moist meadows and rocky slopes in the montane to alpine zones; infrequent in extreme SC BC; S to W MT, ID and CA.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia