Viola selkirkii (Great-Spurred Violet) - photos and description

Viola selkirkii

Viola selkirkii

Viola selkirkii
Looking straight down on plant

Viola selkirkii

Viola selkirkii
Petals without hairs

Viola selkirkii

Viola selkirkii

Viola selkirkii
Top of leaf with scattered hairs

General: Delicate woodland violet,scapes leafless, and with scapes about as tall as leaves.

Taxonomic key to Saskatchewan's violets.

Flowers: Flowers solitary on scapes, light purple in colour, to 15 mm diameter, long spurred - spur comprising nearly 2/3 the length of the spur petal, typical measurement spur petal = 15 mm long, spur 9 mm of that.

Leaves: Leaves are cordate with narrowed sinuses, crenate. Plant glabrous except for the top of the leaves which are noticeably hairy, the hairs can be seen without using a loupe. Leaf measured at 35 mm long and 25 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 15 cm, we measured leaves and scapes to a height of only 5 cm.

Habitat: Moist woodlands.

Abundance: Rare, ranked as an S3 (as of 2019) by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Above photos taken May 27th, north facing slopes, mixed woods, Porcupine Hills, about 400 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.