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Location: Searcy County, Arkansas
Month of Photograph: April
Distribution Map: Viola pubescenc - Distribution Map Spacer
USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 16 January 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Spacer Guests can be assured that there is established evidence that this plant has been found in all of the green filled counties of Arkansas. However, the white filled counties should not be interpreted as counties in which this plant does not grow. They should instead be interpreted as counties which lack officially sanction evidence of the plants presence there.

Family: Violaceae 

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For more images of this plant see the Encyclopedia of Life.

For an extensive text description see Dr. John Hilty's web site - "Illinois Wildflowers".

Viola pubescenc - Flower Lateral ViewFlower, lateral view

For a considerable amount of time I did not bother to photograph violets, although they are often quite beautiful and lovely in the spring. I have thought them just too hard to tell apart. Except for the color, one violet looked very much the same to me as the next. However, this difficulty in discrimination has no doubt been due to the embarrassing fact that my methods of plant observation and identification often lack painstaking attention to detail. There are lots of different kinds of violet species. Thomas Elpel's book “Botany in a Day”* sets the number of species in this familyat 850 (Wikipedia indicates 800), and provides the diligent amateur with details about this plant family's major characteristics. You may very well want to try Dr. Elpel's on-line version of the book. It is great, and if you are not a professional botanist, I think the site will be helpful to you.

 

*Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpel's Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT: HOPS, 2000. Print.

Viola pubescens - StipulesStipules

Stipules are leaf-like appendages that are found at the base of the stalk of some leaves.

I have found this leaf characteristic to often be helpful in discriminating one violet species from another. In this case note the acutely pointed stipule shown here.

Viola pubescens - Flower Frontal View Flower, frontal view
Viola pubescens - XLeaf, adaxial
Viola pubescens - Leaf Abaxial Leaf, abaxial
Upper Plant with View of Calyx
Viola pubescens - Upper Plant

Upper Plant With View of Stem
Viola pubescens - Upper Plant with view of Stem

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