Viola pubescens / eriocarpa complex

Locations ofViola pubescens / eriocarpa complex in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Viola pubescens / eriocarpa complex
Common Name
Yellow Violet
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Viola eriocarpa Schwein. + Viola pubescens Ait.
The map is a composite containing records for both Viola pubescens sensu stricto and Viola eriocarpa, which were lumped in previous hard-copy editions of the Atlas. Most herbarium specimens, however, are probably already separated out either as species or vars., and just need to be fully inventoried. See also the separate maps and habitat/distribution data for each taxon.
These taxa have been treated by some violet experts as varieties of a single, highly variable species with numerous intermediate "hybrids" between the varietal extremes. However, despite some variability, the recent monograph on northeastern violets by Ballard et al. (2023) makes a strong case for their segregation as species. Citation: Ballard, H.E., J.T. Kartesz, and M. Nishino. 2023. A taxonomic treatment of the Violets (Violaceae) of the northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. Jour. Torrey Bot. Soc. 150(1): 3-266.
See the separate species maps for detailed habitat information.
Native Status

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