Viola renifolia (Kidney-Leaved Violet) - photos and description

Viola renifolia

Viola renifolia
15 cm ruler for scale

Viola renifolia

Viola renifolia
All petals beardless

Viola renifolia

Viola renifolia
Petiole near leaf underside in above photo, sparingly hairy.

Viola renifolia
Leaf underside sparingly hairy.

Viola renifolia

General: Stemless violet with white flowers. Scapes at or below the level of the leaves. Plant has no runners above ground.

Taxonomic key to Saskatchewan's Violets.

Flowers: Flowers solitary on scapes. White in colour, with the lower lip with many red stripes. The petals are all beardless. Flowers measured to 11 mm wide, spur measured to 3 mm long, spur petal measured to 9 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves reniform to orbicular, crenate-serrate. Leaves blunt-tipped. Petioles and undersides of leaves with a few hairs. We measured a leaf at 2.5 cm long and 4 cm wide.

Height: We measured plants to only 7 cm tall.

Habitat: Wet woods and bogs.

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

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Above photos taken June 3rd, wet area in black spruce woods, Porcupine Hills Provincial Forest, about 450 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.