Veronica odora


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'.

Common Name(s)


Current Conservation Status

2012 - Not Threatened

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 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened


Veronica odora Hook.f.



Brief Description

Rounded shrub bearing pairs of small oval leaves with a low ridge on the underside inhabiting mountains south from central North Island and Auckland Islands. Leaves 4.5-11.5mm long by 2.3-5.4mm wide, with abrupt shoulder at base. Leaf bud with small gap at base. Several flower spikes at tip of twigs.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native

NVS Species Code


The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs


Hebe odora (Hook.f.) Cockayne, Leonohebe odora (Hook.f.) Heads, Veronica buxifolia Benth., Hebe buxifolia (Benth.) Cockayne et Allan, Veronica buxifolia var. patens Cheeseman, Veronica anomala J.F.Armstr., Hebe anomala (J.F.Armstr.) Cockayne, Veronica haustrata J.B.Armstr., Veronica buxifolia var. odora (Hook.f.) Kirk, Veronica elliptica var. odora (Hook.f.) Cheeseman, Hebe buxifolia var. odora (Hook.f.) Andersen, Hebe buxiflia (Benth.) Andersen var. buxifolia

Flower Colours



Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 42, 84

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Life Cycle and Dispersal

Seeds are wind dispersed (Thorsen et al., 2009).

Taxonomic notes

Some botanists regard Hebe anomala (J.F.Armstr.) Cockayne / Veronica anomala J.F.Armstr. as a species distinct from Veronica odora.

References and further reading

Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 11: 285-309

This page last updated on 22 Feb 2016