Synonym: Viola conspersa  Reichenb.

  

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Plants of mesic to wet woods and clearings; sometimes at higher elevations on cliffs.  Flowering late April through May.  Native.

Perennial.  Stemmed (i.e., flowers are borne on peduncles that arise from leaf axils on aerial stems).  An individual stem may bear more than one flower.  Cleistogamous flowers are produced.  Stolons are not produced.

Flowers:  Petals are blue-violet.  The spurred petal (i.e., lower petal) also has dark purple veins.  Lateral petals are beardedSepals are narrowly lance-shaped, lacking ciliaThe spur is moderately long (4-5mm).

Leaves:  Ovate, with a shallow basal notch (i.e., sinus); the basal leaves are sometimes kidney-shaped.  Leaf tips are blunt to slightly short-pointed; leaf edges are shallowly toothed; the surfaces are tyically hairless or nearly so,

Seeds:  Brown.

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Similar species:  V. rostrata

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