Viola affinis Leconte - Blue Violet

Viola affinis plant

Family - Violaceae

Stems:

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Leaves:

Viola affinis leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Flowers:

Viola affinis calyxCalyx.

Viola affinis flower

Flowering - March - May.

Habitat - Wet meadows, low depressions in woods, swamp forests, alluvial thickets.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species an be found scattered throughout Alabama. This species resembles many other violets but can be distinguished by its leaves, which gradually taper to an acutish tip. This characteristic, along with the plants moist to wet habitat, help to differentiate it from other very common species of violets.
The genus name Viola is the classical Latin name for the Violets.
The species epithet affinis derives from the Latin "affini" meaning "allied, related" referring to the plants resemblance of many other species.

Alabama Distribution:

Viola affinis map

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 4-6-03.


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