Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens
small white violet

Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens

Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens
Viola macloskeyi
Photos courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown Line Drawing
Botanical name: Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens
Common name: small white violet
Group: dicot
Family: Violaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 1-5"
Foliage: leaves heart shaped or round 1/2-3", deeply notched at base, blunt or round at apex; not as narrow as Viola blanda.
Flower: flowers solitary, 1/4"-1/2", upper petals not twisted, lateral petals not angled forward (unlike V. blanda)
Flowering time: late April to late May; cleistogamous fruit mid June
Habitat: wet woods, cold streams, glades, often in shallow water
Range in New Jersey: through north Jersey, and the Inner Coastal Plain
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Facultative wetland obligate

Often confused with Viola blanda. V.¬İmacloskeyi¬İhas completely glabrous leaf blades and usually pubescent petioles.

macloskeyi, after George Macloskie (1834-1920), naturalist, author, who was born in Ireland; Chair of Biology at Princeton University in 1874.