Viola sieberiana Spreng. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb with short, erect stems, glabrous to sparsely hairy.
Leaves tufted, lamina broad-ovate to ovate-rhombic, mostly 0.5–15 mm long, 0.5–12 mm wide, base wedge-shaped and tapering into petiole, margins coarsely toothed; petiole 1–3 cm long.
Scapes 3–8 cm long; bracteoles near the middle. Sepals 2.5–3.5 mm long. Petals 4–7 mm long, pale mauve to white, ± concolorous; upper petals narrow-oblong to ovate, lateral petals glabrous or slightly bearded.
Capsule ovoid, 4–5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in moist ground on more exposed sites. Main occurrence in Sydney region.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Hybrids between V. hederacea and V. sieberiana occur with the broader leaves of the former and the smaller, ± concolorous flowers of the latter.
Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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