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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Corn Speedwell

Below: Corn Speedwell and Thymeleaf Sandwort with pin.

Corn Speedwell (Veronica arvensis)

       Blooming from early through mid-spring (depending upon your area) Corn Speedwell, a member of the Scrophulariaceae (Figwort) family, is an introduced plant from Europe. Not easily spotted, due to its small size, the Corn Speedwell, found in many types of habitats including open wooded areas, lawns, fields, and roadsides, disturbed and other waste areas occurs throughout the United States. Considered a weedy plant it is difficult to imagine this being a nuisance species.
       Growing from one inch to a foot tall it produces minuscule blue flowers to 1/8 inch (around the size of a pinhead) in diameter. Due to the flowers small size it is not noticeable and easily missed unless at ground level.
       The hairy leaves, positioned along the lower stem, are opposite while the leaves of the inflorescence (upper part of the stem on which flowers are located) are alternate.
       Used medicinally for the treatment of scurvy (a vitamin C deficiency), burns, and other skin aliments, the Corn Speedwell is not editable.

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