Taking a close look at this leafy, green plant often becomes puzzling to students beginning students of botany. The plant may reach up to 8 dm tall with small greenish-white, nodding flowers attached to the axils of the middle stem leaves. It flowers in May-June.
In Pittsylvania County, Virginia, I found only one stand of this unusual violet; it was situated in the southern part of the county, well-shaded in an alluvial beach/oak woodlands.
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Copyright © 2006 William T. Hathaway.