Common name: Native Violet, Showy Violet
Viola betonicifolia Sm. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb, stems short, erect, glabrous or slightly pubescent.
Leaves with lamina mostly 1–6 cm long, 5–25 mm wide, margins entire or shallowly crenate; petiole 1.5–8 cm long; stipules linear, entire or laciniate, fused to petiole.
Scapes to 20 cm long; bracteoles below the middle. Sepals 3–6 mm long. Petals usually 9–15 mm long, violet to ± white, the lower with a short spur, the laterals hairy within.
Capsule ellipsoid, 7–13 mm long, apex acute.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in woodland and forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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