Common name: Field Pansy
Viola arvensis Murray APNI*
Synonyms: Viola tricolor L. APNI*
Description: Annual or biennial herb, stems decumbent, angular, often with short retrorse hairs.
Leaves with lamina broad-ovate to narrow-elliptic, 10–35 mm long, 5–15 mm wide, margins obtusely toothed to crenate; petiole 10–20 mm long; stipules to 4 cm long, deeply lobed.
Scapes 3–8 cm long, bracteoles just below the flower. Sepals 6–10 mm long, ciliate with prominent basal appendages. Petals 5–10 mm long, the lower shortly spurred, creamy-white with yellow-orange base, sometimes tinged with violet.
Capsule 5–9 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in pastures and in disturbed moist sites; from near Dorrigo and south from Mittagong. Native of N Afr., Eur., W Asia.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NT, *CT, *ST
Other Australian states: *Vic. *Tas.
Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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