Overview

Distribution

National Distribution

Canada

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

United States

Origin: Unknown/Undetermined

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Unknown/Undetermined

Confidence: Confident

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Veronica americana

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Veronica americana

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 2
Specimens with Barcodes: 4
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

Canada

Rounded National Status Rank: N5 - Secure

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: G5 - Secure

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Threats

Comments: Highly threatened by land-use conversion, habitat fragmentation, and forest management practices; vulnerable to sedimentation (Southern Appalachian Species Viability Project 2002).

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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Whole plant: For an antiblennorrhagic tea; emetic for stimulating children to vomit; for an antiodontalgic gargle; decoction of leaf and stem used to treat heavy menstrual flow; emollient. Leaf: Infusion for fevers. This plant is used in much the same way as Scoparia dulcis.

  • Heckel, E. 1897. Les Plantes Médicinales et Toxiques de la Guyane Francaise. 93 pp. Macon, France: Protat Freres.

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Wikipedia

Veronica americana

Veronica americana, variously called American Brooklime or American Speedwell,[1] is a plant native to temperate and arctic Asia and North America[2] where it grows in streams and bottomlands.

It is a herbaceous perennial with glabrous stems 10–100 cm long that bear terminal or axillary racemes or spikes of soft violet flowers. The leaves are 1.5–8 cm long and 3 to 20 times as long as wide, short-petiolate, glabrous, serrate to almost entire.[3]

Uses and edibility[edit]

American Speedwell is edible and nutritious and is reported to have a flavor similar to watercress. Native Americans used Veronica species as an expectorant tea to alleviate bronchial congestion associated with asthma and allergies. The plant can be confused with Skullcap and other members of the mint family. Members of the mint family have square sided stems, and Veronica species have rounded stems, and are easily distinguished from skullcap.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Veronica americana Schwein. ex Benth.". PLANTS Profile. United States Department of Agriculture; Natural Resources Conservation Service. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  2. ^ "Veronica americana Schwein. ex Benth.". GRIN Taxonomy for Plants. Germplasm Resources Information Network. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Veronica americana". WTU Herbarium Image Collection. Burke Museum, University of Washington. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  4. ^ Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West, Gregory L. Tilford, ISBN 0-87842-359-1


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Notes

Common Names

FG Creole: balai-doux, herbe a balai, herbe a balai sauvage, petit balai a graines.

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