Veronica stenophylla var. hesperia


Veronica: Named after Saint Veronica, who gave Jesus her veil to wipe his brow as he carried the cross through Jerusalem, perhaps because the common name of this plant is 'speedwell'. The name Veronica is often believed to derive from the Latin vera 'truth' and iconica 'image', but it is actually derived from the Macedonian name Berenice which means 'bearer of victory'.
stenophylla: From the Greek steno 'narrow' and phyllum 'leaf'', referring to the narrow leaves

Common Name(s)


Current Conservation Status

2012 - At Risk - Naturally Uncommon

Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2012 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2009 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, Paul D. Champion, Shannel P. Courtney, Peter B. Heenan, John W. Barkla, Ewen K. Cameron, David A. Norton and Rodney A. Hitchmough. File size: 792KB

Previous Conservation Status

2009 - At Risk - Naturally Uncommon
2004 - Range Restricted


2012 - RR, Sp


Veronica stenophylla var. hesperia (Bayly & Garn.-Jones) Garn.-Jones



Brief Description

Bushy shrub bearing pairs of very narrow leaves that have small pits near margin (lens needed) inhabiting limestone near the Northwest Nelson coast. Leaves to 62mm long by 8mm wide. Flowers white, in spikes to 95mm long.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs


Hebe stenophylla var. hesperia Bayly et Garn.-Jones

Flower Colours


Chromosome No.

2n = 40

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family




This page last updated on 22 Feb 2016