Viola rostrata

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Viola rostrata
LongSpurredViolet.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Violaceae
Genus: Viola
Species: V. rostrata
Binomial name
Viola rostrata Pursh

Viola rostrata, is a stemmed herbaceous perennial plant that is native to eastern North America. It is known by a number of common names including long-spurred violet.

General description[edit]

The leaves are simple, toothed, ovate and acute, except basal leaves, which are cordate. (2–4 cm)

The flowers are beardless, pale lilac with darker veins forming a darker centre eye.[1] The spur is at least as long as the petal blades.[2]

Habitat: Rich woodlands

Distribution[edit]

Eastern North America from Ontario and Quebec in the north to Alabama and Georgia in the south.

Identification[edit]

V. rostrata can easily be distinguished from other Viola species by its long spur, but the species is known to hybidize with other Viola species (see: Hybrids)

Hybrids[edit]

Viola rostrata is known to hybidize with Viola conspersa (American dog-violet) and V. stiata (creamy violet)[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gleason, Henry A and Arthur Cronquist. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada, 2nd ed. New York Botanical Gardens, New York, New York.
  2. ^ Rhoads, Ann Fowler and Timothy A Block. 2007. Plants of Pennsylvania: an illustrated manual, 2nd ed. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia.

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