Viola fimbriatula J.E. Smith

Locations ofViola fimbriatula J.E. Smith in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Viola fimbriatula J.E. Smith
Common Name
Northern Downy Violet
Viola sagittata Aiton var. ovata (Nuttall) Torrey & A. Gray
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Viola fimbriatula J.E. Smith
This species is often included within Viola sagittata as var. ovata. However, its short petioled, pubescent leaves distinguish it fairly well in our area.
The attribution of Viola villosa, based upon an 1893 specimen at VPI, belongs here, a duplicate of which was annotated by Russell and filed among V. fimbriatula specimens.
Dry, usually thin and infertile soils of open forests, woodlands, clearings, road banks, and pastures. Frequent in the mountains (except far sw. Virginia) and Piedmont; rare in the Coastal Plain.
Native Status

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