|Veronica serpyllifolia, Hunterville: too perfect?|
This obscurity also means it’s a hard plant to photograph, so although it’s easy to find, it’s hard to find suitable subjects for a habit photo. (Habit is the botanical term for the overall appearance of a plant or part of a plant.) Today I struck it lucky. A single plant was growing in bark mulch outside a coffee shop in Hunterville. This plant had no competitors, although it was close to a planted Muehlenbeckia axillaris. Without competitors, it had grown into a compact, rather symmetrical, leafy disk, and the shapes and arrangements of the stems, leaves, inflorescences, and flowers were all visible.
|Veronica serpyllifolia, leaves and inflorescences.|
The shop owner was surprised when I asked her permission to take a sample for the herbarium, and came out with me to see what the fuss was about. It turned out she had noticed the plant and rather liked it, so I didn’t take much.