Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Malpighiales
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Possibly very rare, as this might be a hybrid, or at least of hybrid origin. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH A taxonomic treatment of the violets (Violaceae) of the northeastern US and adjacent Canada (Ballard, Kartesz, & Nishino, 2023)
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Habitat: Suburban yards, per Weakley's Flora
Native to North Carolina (the distribution very poorly known because of past inclusion of this taxon in others)
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Plant acaulescent (without aerial stems)
Margins prominently incurved-serrate
Leaf blade glabrous or essentially so, or with scattered pubescence
Lateral petals bearded
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