Saturday, April 25, 2015

Common Dog-Violet

The third violet is one of the commonest. This is a particularly fine specimen found on my walk through Rackham Wood yesterday. The things to note about it are the pointy sepals, the flower stalk arising from the shoot and not the base and the spur being much paler than the rest of the flower. The spur is also slightly notched at its end the way some people's noses are. It doesn't smell or have any hairs (i.e. it is glabrous). Another feature noted in Rose is the nectar lines are very prominent and branched on the lower petal, but I find this a bit too variable to be of much use. This plant is a textbook example of the species.

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