When a stamp collector runs across a rare find, a spirit of elation is almost inevitable; so it is when a botanist happens to find a rare wildflower.
The elusive Long-spurred Violet (Viola rostrata) is one of those widely scattered species in Pittsylvania County that demands deep leaf mold situated within a calcareous soil outcrop. Such a site is usually associated with a woodland ravine having a north-facing slope overlooking a stream or creek. The hilly country in the northwestern quarter of our county harbors this little stemmed violet.
The specific name “rostrata” refers to “beaked” (from the long spur).
Copyright © 2005 William T. Hathaway.