Viola missouriensis (Missouri Violet)

Viola missouriensis (Missouri Violet) on 4-11-20, #686-79.

Missouri Violet, Native Wood Violet

Viola missouriensis

vy/vee-OH-la  miss-oor-ee-EN-sis

Synonyms of Viola missouriensis (4) (Updated on 6-29-21 from Plants of the World Online): Viola candidula Nieuwl., Viola illinoensis Greene, Viola lucidifolia Newbro, Viola sororia var. missouriensis (Greene) L.E.McKinney

Viola missouriensis Greene is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Viola. It was named and described as such by Edward Lee Greene in Pittonia in 1900.

The genus, Viola L., was named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in the second volume of the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.

Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 650 species in the genus Viola (as of 6-29-21 when this page was last updated). It is a member of the plant family Violaceae with 25 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made by POWO.

Distribution map of Viola missouriensis from Plants of the World Online. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/. Retrieved on June 29, 2021.

The above distribution map for Viola missouriensis is from Plants of the World Online. The map on the USDA Plants Database doesn’t show as many states.

The map on iNaturalist shows where members have made observations. Anyone can join and it is a great website to confirm and share your observations.

THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID.

Viola missouriensis (Missouri Violet) on 4-11-20, #686-80.

There are a few small colonies of Viola missouriensis 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.

I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment, but I have A LOT of wildflower pages to make and publish before I start getting too busy. I update this site and add new pages over the winter but I didn’t get finished. SO, I decided to just make the page with photos and links to other sites for better plant ID. I will be taking more photos over the summer and posting but I will also be working on these pages as I have time.

Viola missouriensis (Missouri Violet) on 4-11-20, #686-81.

 

Viola missouriensis (Missouri Violet) on 4-13-20, #687-3.

 

Viola missouriensis (Missouri Violet) on 4-13-20, #687-4.

 

Viola missouriensis (Missouri Violet) on 4-13-20, #687-5.

 

Viola missouriensis (Missouri Violet) on 4-13-20, #687-6.

 

Viola missouriensis (Missouri Violet) on 4-17-21, #793-8.

I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and identified over 100 species of wildflowers (most have pages listed on the right side of the page). I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing, and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a few horticulturalists I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.

I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at thebelmontrooster@yahoo.com. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.

There isn’t that much online about this species… Some sites use the name Viola sororia var. missouriensis which is now considered a synonym of Viola missouriensis.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
TROPICOS (GENUS/SPECIES)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
DAVE’S GARDEN
MISSOURI PLANTS
iNATURALIST
WILDFLOWER SEARCH
ILLINOIS WILDFLOWERS
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
OHIO UNIVERSITY
SCHOLAR WORKS

NOTE: The data (figures, maps, accepted names, etc.) may not match on these websites. It depends on when and how they make updates and when their sources make updates (and if they update their sources or even read what they say). Some websites have hundreds and even many thousands of species to keep up with. Accepted scientific names change periodically and it can be hard to keep with as well. Some of the links may use a name that is a synonym on other sites. In my opinion, Plants of the World Online by Kew is the most reliable and up-to-date plant database and they make updates on a regular basis. I make updates “at least” once a year and when I write new pages or add new photos but I do get behind. We are all a work in progress. 🙂

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