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|Family: Violaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Viola beckwithii Torr. & A. Gray
Habit: Perennial herb 2--22 cm, glabrous to puberulent. Stem: decumbent to erect, generally several, up to 1/2 subterranean, clustered on deep caudex. Leaf: ternate-compound; basal 2--6 per caudex, generally puberulent (glabrous), petiole 2--10.5 cm, blade 2.4--5 cm, 3.5--4.5 cm wide, ovate to deltate, +- fleshy, leaflets dissected into several 1--7 mm wide, narrow oblong, elliptic, lanceolate, or oblanceolate segments, tip obtuse to acute; cauline petiole 2--5.7 cm, blade 1--2.7 cm, 1.5--3 cm wide, +- like basal. Inflorescence: axillary; peduncle 2--15.7 cm. Flower: sepals lanceolate, not ciliate; upper 2 petals dark red-violet, often overlapped, lower 3 lilac to +- white, veined dark violet, yellow to orange basally, lateral 2 bearded with cylindric hairs, lowest 10--22 mm; cleistogamous flowers 0. Fruit: 7--12 mm, oblong-ovoid, glabrous. Seed: 3--4 mm, brown.
Ecology: Vernally moist places among shrubs or beneath pines; Elevation: 900--2700 m. Bioregional Distribution: KR, CaRH, n SNH, MP; Distribution Outside California: to Oregon, Idaho, Utah. Flowering Time: Mar--May Note: 3 lower petals white in some populations (V.B. Baird 1942).
Synonyms: Viola beckwithii subsp. glabrata M.S. Baker
eFlora Treatment Author: R. John Little
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Viola bakeri
Next taxon: Viola cuneata
Citation for this treatment: R. John Little 2016. Viola beckwithii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=48163, accessed on August 27, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on August 27, 2016.