Wild Florida Photo - Viola palmata

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Viola palmata

EARLY BLUE VIOLET

WOOD VIOLET

Florida native

 

A perennial wildflower of sandhills and flatwoods throughout much of Florida, except for the central east coast and south peninsula. The range includes much of the eastern United States.
The leaves of this violet are all basal, on long stalks and palmately divided into three or more lobes. The flowers are blue to violet, often with white centers, with dark blue veins, and occasionally mostly white. The five petals are up to 2.5 cm (1 in.) across and are on long stalks. Early blue violets can also have self-pollinating flowers that do not open on reclining stalks. Flowering is in April and May through much of the range, but as early as March in Florida. The fruit is an ovoid, purple-brown mottled capsule containing brown seeds.

 
Viola palmata is a member of the Violaceae - Violet family.

Other species of this genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Viola lanceolata - BOG WHITE VIOLET
  View  Viola hastata - HALBERDLEAF YELLOW VIOLET
  View  Viola sororia - COMMON BLUE VIOLET


Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians

  Dennis Horn, Tavia Cathcart, Thomas Hemmerly, David Duhl
 Even though the primary focus of this wildflower guide is not Florida, readers will find that can be a very useful reference for wildflowers in the northern part of the state, particularly the panhandle region.

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The Tennessee Native Plant Society's official field guide covers about 1,250 species (including some 50 orchid species) in 16 states. Naturalists and nature photographers present introductory material and plant accounts with color photos. While their folk uses are noted, the authors advise against using these plants medicinally. Features include a regional map, color key, and visual glossary.
A review of this field guide written by Paul Rebmann appeared in the spring 2010 edition of The Palmetto, the journal of the Florida Native Plant Society.