Veronica hulkeana subsp. hulkeana


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)

NZ lilac

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 hulkeana F.Muell. subsp. hulkeana



Brief Description

Bushy small shrub bearing glossy fleshy pairs of red edged oval toothed leaves inhabiting the Kaikoura Ranges. Twigs fuzzy (lens needed). Leaves 20-45mm long by 10-20mm wide on a 10-15mm long stalk that widens towards leaf. Flowers pinkish, in clusters to 50cm long, stems fuzzy.

Flora Category

Vascular - Native

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs


Hebe hulkeana (F.Muell.) Cockayne et Allan; Parahebe hulkeana (F.Muell.) Heads; Heliohebe hulkeana (F.Muell.) Garn.-Jones subsp. hulkeana

Flower Colours

Violet / Purple,White


Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 42

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family


References and further reading

Garnock-Jones, P.J. 1993: Heliohebe (Scrophulariaceae Veroniceae), a new genus segregated from Hebe. New Zealand Journal of Botany 31: 323-339.

Garnock-Jones, P.J.; Albach, D.; Briggs, B.G. 2007: Botanical names in Southern Hemisphere Veronica (Plantaginaceae): sect. Detzneria, ect. Hebe, and sect. Labiatoides. Taxon 56: 571-582

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