WATER SPEEDWELL
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Veronica anagallis-aquatica  L.
Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 4-36 inches
Family: Scrophulariaceae - Figwort Family
Flowering Period:   May, June, July, August, September
Stems: Erect, ascending or decumbent, stout, simple or much-branched, glabrous or sometimes minutely glandular-hairy in inflorescence.
Leaves: Opposite, simple, mostly sessile and clasping, broadly lanceolate to ovate, 1 to 3 inches long, .25 to 1.5 inch wide, glabrous, fleshy; margins toothed or entire; tips pointed.
Inflorescences: Racemes, 2 to 5 inches long, 30-60-flowered, in leaf axils; bracts reduced, lanceolate to linear.
Flowers: Weakly 2-lipped; stalks about 1/4 inch long, ascending or upcurved; calyces deeply 4-parted, segments broadly lanceolate; corollas 1/5 to 2/5 inch wide, irregularly 4-lobed, blue or pale violet with darker purplish lines; stamens 2, each with 2 equal, somewhat parallel anther cells.
Fruits: Capsules, 2-lobed, slightly longer than wide; seeds tiny, numerous.
Habitat: Stream banks, wet meadows, and in water of springs and slow-flowing streams.
Distribution: Throughout Kansas.
Comments: Naturalized aquatic plant found throughout most of the U.S.

Water speedwell inflorescence
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Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Water speedwell leaves
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Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Water speedwell flower
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Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas
Water speedwell
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Konza Prairie, Riley County, Kansas