The plant family Violaceae Batsch was named and described by August Johann Georg Karl Batsch in Tabula Affinitatum Regni Vegetabilis in 1802 (as Violariae).
As of 12-19-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 25 accepted genera in this family named after the genus Viola.
I have identified several Viola species on my farm but I am not familiar with the other genera. You can click on the plant’s name under the photos to go to their own pages…
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There are a few small colonies of Viola missouriensis Missouri Violet) under a couple of Chinese Elms behind the chicken house. As with all Violets, they are a nice spring flower. I noticed the neighbor across the street has a good-sized colony next to his garage.
There are several Viola pubescens (Downy Yellow Violet) growing along the creek behind my farm. I found some with fruit in a friend’s secluded woods in 2020. They look like little balls of cotton. They are also very interesting because they have yellow flowers.
I found several Viola rafinesquei (American Field Pansy) in an area where I used to store hay for the winter. Most websites and databases are still using the name Viola bicolor which is understandable.
There are A LOT of Viola sororia (Common Blue Violet) growing in the yard on my farm. They were also growing in my backyard when I lived in Mississippi. I always let them grow wherever they want… Common names include Common Blue Violet, Hooded Blue Violet, Meadow Violet, Sister Violet, and possibly others.
That’s all I have for now in this family of plants. I have at least one Viola I haven’t positively identified yet with white flowers… Several species can also have white flowers so I need to go back where I saw them previously to have a better look and take more photos…