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|Family: Violaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Viola sheltonii Torr.
Habit: Perennial herb 2--10 cm, glabrous to sparsely puberulent. Stem: prostrate to erect, generally several, clustered on a deep or generally shallow, often vertical woody rhizome. Leaf: ternate-compound, wider than long; basal 1--2 per caudex, petiole 8.6--21 cm, blade 2--7 cm, 2--11 cm wide, reniform to semicircular, +- fleshy, leaflets +- obovate, cleft, lobed, or 2--3-divided, segments 2--10 mm wide, oblanceolate, fiddle-shaped, lanceolate to spoon-shaped, generally not ciliate, tips acute to obtuse; cauline petiole 5.5--12 cm, blade 1.2--6.3 cm, 1.2--10.5 cm wide, +- like basal. Inflorescence: axillary; peduncle 5--19 cm. Flower: sepals lanceolate, generally not ciliate; petals deep lemon-yellow, upper 2 dark brown to purple-brown abaxially, lower 3 veined purple-brown, lateral 2 bearded with club-shaped hairs or not, lowest 7--18 mm. Fruit: 6--8 mm, oblong to ovoid, glabrous to puberulent. Seed: 2.5 mm, +- brown, shiny. Chromosomes: 2n=12.
Ecology: Fir, pine, or oak woodland, rich or gravelly soil; Elevation: 484--2500 m. Bioregional Distribution: NW, n&s SNH, SnFrB, SCoR, TR, nw PR, Wrn; Distribution Outside California: to British Columbia, Idaho, Colorado. Flowering Time: Mar--Jul Note: Some populations with cleistogamous flowers only.
Synonyms: Viola sheltonii var. biternata (Greene) A. Nelson
eFlora Treatment Author: R. John Little
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Viola sempervirens
Next taxon: Viola tomentosa
Citation for this treatment: R. John Little 2016. Viola sheltonii, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=48311, accessed on February 09, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 09, 2016.