Oct. 7, 2018

longleaf speedwell, Veronica longifolia

Longleaf speedwell was an early plant identification puzzle I failed to solve. I had found some in a field near Saginaw, and couldn't find anything quite like it in books. Back then we didn't have the internet. We didn't even have the dicot volumes of Michigan Flora. So one day when I was in Ann Arbor I walked into the University Botany Department and asked for help. That was the beginning of a long process of mentoring by successive staff. That first encounter turned out to be Dr. Ed Voss, who was the author of the original Michigan Flora. He and others since have been incredibly generous with their time, and patient with my uneducated enthusiasm. I owe them all so much. Longleaf speedwell, as that plant happened to be, is a garden import, spread to fields and openings in AK, CT, FL, IA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA, WI, WV, AB, MB, NB, NF, NS, NT, ON, PE, QC, SK, and YT. Lenawee Co MI, 8/4/11.