Viola affinis Leconte
Family: Violaceae
Le Conte's violet, sand violet
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Etymology: Viola: a classical Latin name for violets
Plants: erect, annual/perennial forb, basically stemless
Leaves: usually with heart-shaped base, edges with rounded teeth, long-stalked
Flowers: violet to white, 5-parted, 3/4"-1 1/4" wide, petals widely open, spreading side and spurred petals bearded with pointed hairs; solitary, basal, long-stalked but usually shorter than the leaves
Fruits: elliptical capsule with dark brown seeds
Habitat: moist, wet; woods, meadows
Conservation Status: Native
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Arthur Meeks