NYBG EcoFlora May EcoQuest Challenge


Veronica (Speedwell) is the largest genus in the Plantaginaceae family, with about 500 species. In New York City, there are 12 species: 8 introduced; 2 indigenous likely extinct (American Brooklime, Veronica americana and Marsh Speedwell, Veronica scutellata); 1 common indigenous (Purslane Speedwell, Veronica peregrina); and newly observed Pink Ivy-Leaved Speedwell (Veronica sublobata), which has tiny pink flowers and hairy flower stalks (pictured here). Can you find it?

In 2019, Lynette Lewis @lynalew found the Pink Ivy-Leaved Speedwell, Veronica sublobata (pictured below), a species never recorded for New York State. Here's how she described her experience....

"I went to Staten Island that day because of the City Nature Challenge! I was in college when the CNC started; Dr. Kelly O'Donnell recruits & trains Macaulay student volunteers to help. That year I was the only one who signed up to make the trek down to Staten Island. Very long commutes are nothing new for me, given my suburb is isolated from gentrified Brooklyn. But I underestimated how much time that trip would take. As a volunteer, I tried making as many observations as possible while traveling to & from events. During the CNC, my main goal is to make more observations than I did the previous year/go somewhere new. Not looking for a specific species allows me to be more open to everything around the space."

Lynette's observation was later identified by the World's Veronica expert, Dr. Dirk Albach @albach and the three of us will soon publish a paper together registering the species for New York State. If you find the Pink Ivy-Leaved Speedwell anywhere in New York this month, your observation will be cited in the publication.

Register here for the May 17 presentation by Dirk Albach The Genus Veronica (Speedwells) - In 15 Million Years to New York

Posted on Μάιος 16, 2021 0130 ΠΜ by danielatha danielatha


Hey Daniel,

Earlier this spring, on April 14th 2021, I thought that I found the Pink Ivy-leaved Speedwell at least twice in the park around the dog run at the "East River Esplanade Dog Run" just south of 63rd Street.

Here are the observations:



The third ID that day was apparently mistaken:


I went back there today to try to see if I could find the species again, so I could add it to my total of Veronica species for the month of May, but unfortunately the extreme drought seems to have obliterated all the smaller more delicate weedy plants there. The heat and dry weather just fried them up to such an extent that they are no longer findable all.



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