Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Malpighiales
Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (1968)
Viola palmata var. triloba
Violaceae of the Southeastern US (McKinney & Russell, 2002)
Early Blue Violet, Wood Violet, Palmate-leaved Violet
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JK Marlow jkm070324_041
March Greenville County SC
Leaves heterophyllous, only mid-season leaves cleft, parted, or divided, per Violaceae of the Southeastern US. Castanea (McKinney & Russell, 2002).
JK Marlow jkm0304e_21
April Oconee County SC
Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District
Leaves deeply lobed or dissected; unlobed cordate leaves also present, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
JK Marlow jkm100422_018
April Pickens County SC
Flowers variable: blue-violet, streaked violet and white, to solid white, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_viola_palmata_4
Sepals 6-10mm long, acute to obtuse, glabrous to ciliate, auricles 0.5-1mm, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.