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Common name: Ivy-leaved Violet
Viola hederacea Labill. APNI*
Synonyms: Viola hederacea Labill. forma B APNI*
Viola hederacea Labill. forma A APNI*
Viola hederacea Labill. forma D APNI*
Viola hederacea Labill. forma E APNI*
Viola hederacea Labill. forma C APNI*
Viola hederacea Labill. forma F APNI*
Viola hederacea Labill. forma G APNI*
Erpetion hederaceum (Labill.) G.Don APNI*
Description: Perennial herb with short erect stems, glabrous to densely hairy.
Leaves tufted; lamina variable, reniform to ± circular, mostly 0.5–20 mm long, 0.5–30 mm wide, base mostly truncate or cordate, sometimes cuneate, margins entire to crenate to sinuate-toothed; petiole mostly 2–6 cm long.
Flower scapes to 10 cm long, occasionally longer, bracteoles near the middle. Sepals 4–5 mm long. Petals 7–10 mm long, mostly mauve and white, upper petals ± ovate, lateral petals bearded.
Capsule ovoid, 4–6 mm long.
Flowering: spring and summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sheltered moist places.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
A widespread variable complex. Several forms have previously been recognized based chiefly on leaf shape. The genus Viola is currently under investigation.
Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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