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Koromiko
Koromiko flower (Hebe stricta).jpg
Scientific classification
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Genus:
Hebe
Species:
H. stricta
Binomial name
Hebe stricta
(Banks & Sol. ex Benth.) L.B.Moore

Hebe stricta, commonly called koromiko, is a flowering plant in the family Plantaginaceae, which is endemic to New Zealand. Recently Hebe stricta has been reclassified and the botanical name has changed to Veronica stricta.

A hebe found throughout the Mainland New Zealand, with long pale green leaves and tiny white flowers in summer formed into a dense inflorescence longer than the leaves. The koromiko is a hardy plant and does not tolerate shade. It prefers full sun and open habitats on edge of bush and wetlands as it tolerates wet areas.

Varieties

There are two varieties of this species:

  • Hebe stricta var. atkinsonii
  • Hebe stricta var. macroura

Uses

The young leaves and shoots are eaten to control diarrhoea and dysentery It is a pioneer plant useful to plant as a nurse crop for revegetation planting.

Synonyms

These synonyms are cited by Germplasm Resources Information Network

  • Hebe macroura (Hook. f. ex Benth.) Cockayne & Allan [≡ Hebe stricta var. macroura]
  • Hebe parkinsoniana (Colenso) Cockayne
  • Hebe salicifolia var. angustissima (Cockayne) Cockayne & Allan [= Hebe stricta var. atkinsonii]
  • Hebe salicifolia var. atkinsonii (Cockayne) Cockayne & Allan [≡ Hebe stricta var. atkinsonii]
  • Hebe salicifolia var. stricta (Banks & Sol. ex Benth.) Cockayne & Allan
  • Veronica macroura Hook. f. ex Benth. [≡ Hebe stricta var. macroura]
  • Veronica parkinsoniana Colenso
  • Veronica salicifolia var. angustissima Cockayne [= Hebe stricta var. atkinsonii]
  • Veronica salicifolia var. atkinsonii Cockayne [≡ Hebe stricta var. atkinsonii]
  • Veronica salicifolia var. stricta (Banks & Sol. ex Benth.) Hook. f.
  • Veronica stricta Banks & Sol. ex Benth. (basionym)

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