Viola palustris (Marsh Violet) - photos and description

Viola palustris

Viola palustris

Viola palustris

Viola palustris

Viola palustris
Side petals lightly bearded

Viola palustris

General: Small stemless violet with flower scapes growing to about the level of the leaves. Plants are glabrous. Plants with numerous runners.

Taxonomic key to Saskatchewan's violets.

Flowers: Flowers solitary on scapes, they are pale violet with the lower lip having dark purple veins. Side petals with lightly bearded. Flowers measured about 1 cm wide, spur 6 mm long, 2 mm wide, spur petal to 14 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves are orbicular to cordate, rounded teeth and a sharp apex. We measured leaves to 3 cm long and 3 cm wide.

Height: We measured plants to a height of 11 cm.

Habitat: Bogs and stream banks in the boreal forest.

Abundance: Common, ranked as an S5 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken June 4th, wet area on the edge of black spruce forest, Porcupine Provincial Forest, 450 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.