Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1665

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Perennial/Winter annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain of GA & NC)

Look for it in nutrient-rich woodlands and forests, esp over mafic or calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Basal leaves partially evergreen
Simple
Plant caulescent ("leafy-stemmed"), sometimes appearing acaulescent ("stemless")
Plant minutely pubescent

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring
Blue-violet
Bilaterally symmetrical
Lateral petals bearded
5 sepals
5 petals
5 stamens

FRUIT:
Spring
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Malpighiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Viola walteri   FAMILY Violaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Viola walteri   FAMILY Violaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 130-02-025:
Viola walteri   FAMILY Violaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Violaceae of the Southeastern US (McKinney & Russell, 2002)
Viola walteri var. walteri

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Viola walteri

 

COMMON NAME:
Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet


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image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_viwa_001_lvd

        

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

JK Marlow    jkm100313_134

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

A white form

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

JK Marlow    jkm100313_134b

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

A white form

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

JK Marlow    jkm100314_078

March    Decatur County    GA

Its leaves are roundish, blunt at the tip, purple beneath, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_viola_walteri

March        

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

Herbarium of Clemson University    h_cu44207

April    Tuscaloosa County    AL

Stems rooting at nodes generating next year's plants (thus mat-forming), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

Herbarium of Clemson University    h_cu55969

April    Berkeley County    SC

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

JK Marlow    jkm190412_7213

April    Rabun County    GA

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

JK Marlow    jkm190412_7214

April    Rabun County    GA

Leaves usually purple on the under side, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

JK Marlow    jkm190412_7215

April    Rabun County    GA

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

JK Marlow    jkm190412_7216

April    Rabun County    GA

Petals pale to dark blue-violet. Lateral petals bearded, per Violaceae of the Southeastern US. Castanea (McKinney & Russell, 2002).

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmvwalteri_chauga2

April    Oconee County    SC

Chau-Ram County Park

Stipules deeply laciniate, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

JK Marlow    jkm180506_1965

May    Crawford County    GA

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

JK Marlow    jkm180506_1967

May    Crawford County    GA

Note stipules.

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

Herbarium of Clemson University    h_cu10135

August    Anderson County    SC

An interesting transition between caulescent & acaulescent violets, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

JK Marlow    jkm071025_004

October    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Leaf blades moderately to densely puberulent over entire surface, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Viola walteri, Walter's Violet, Prostrate Blue Violet

JK Marlow    jkm071101_011

November    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Petioles, peduncles and stems moderately to densely puberulent, per Weakley's Flora.