Synonym: Viola incognita  Brainerd

           
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Plants of mesic to damp woodlands, open woods, shaded roadsides.  Flowering late April through May.  Native.

Perennial.  Stemless (i.e., flowers are borne on peduncles that arise directly from rhizomes or stolons).  Stolons and cleistogamous flowers are often produced later in season.

Flowers:   Petals are white with purple veins on the spurred petal (i.e., lower petal); lateral petals may be bearded (i.e., with hairs) or not bearded.  The spurred petal is hairless.  Sepals are not ciliate.  Peduncles may be either green or reddish.

Leaves:  Usually ovate, with a conspicuous basal notch (sinus), narrowed somewhat at the tip, or occasionally nearly round-tipped.  If narrowed, tips are short-pointed. Leaf margins are shallowly-toothed.  Leaf surfaces may be slightly hairy, and if so, mostly on the upper surface.  Leaf midveins equal about 75-90% of total width of leaf blades. 

Seeds:  dark brown.

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Similar species:  Viola pallens and Viola renifolia.

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