Viola renifolia (Kidney-Leaved Violet) - photos and description




All petals beardless


Petiole near leaf underside in above photo, sparingly hairy.

Leaf underside sparingly hairy.


General: Stemless violet with white flowers. Scapes at or below the level of the leaves. Plant has no runners above ground.

Taxonomic key to Saskatchewan's Violets.

Flowers: Flowers solitary on scapes. White in colour, with the lower lip with many red stripes. The petals are all beardless. Flowers measured to 11 mm wide, spur measured to 3 mm long, spur petal measured to 9 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves basal, reniform to orbicular, crenate-serrate. Leaves blunt-tipped. Petioles and undersides of leaves with a few hairs. Leaves wider than long - we measured a leaf at 2.5 cm long and 4 cm wide.

Height: We measured plants to only 7 cm tall.

Habitat: Wet woods and bogs.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Above photos taken June 3rd, wet area in black spruce woods, Porcupine Hills Provincial Forest, about 450 km north east of Regina, SK, and June 6th, mossy black spruce woods, Duck Mountain provincial park, about 300 km northeast of our home in Regina, SK.