Veronica tetragona subsp. subsimilis


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'.
tetragona: From the Greek tetragonum 'tetragon', refers to a four-angled part of the plant's anatomy.
subsimilis: From the Latin sub 'almost, approaching' and similis 'resembling', meaning almost resembling.

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 tetragona subsp. subsimilis (Colenso) Garn.-Jones



Brief Description

Bushy shrub bearing erect knobbly yellowish twigs inhabiting Ruahine, Tararua mountains and on Pouakai in Mt Egmont National Park. Twigs 1.8-3mm wide, approximately square in cross-section, Leaves scale-like, 1.4-2.3mm long, with thickened blunt tip, margins hairy (lens needed), flowers white, in clusters of 2-12 at tip of twigs.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs


Veronica subsimilis Colenso, Veronica astonii Petrie, Hebe astonii (Petrie) Cockayne et Allan, Hebe subsimilis (Colenso) Ashwin var. subsimilis, Leonohebe subsimilis (Colenso) Heads var. subsimilis, Hebe hectorii subsp. subsimilis (Colenso) Wagstaff et Wardle, Hebe subsimilis var. astonii (Petrie) Ashwin, Leonohebe subsimilis var. astonii (Petrie) Heads, Hebe tetragona subsp. subsimilis (Colenso) Bayly et Kellow


Endemic. North Island, Tararua Ranges

Flower Colours


Chromosome No.

2n = 40

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


Where To Buy

Not commercially available.

This page last updated on 22 Feb 2016