Downy Yellow Violet
Synonyms of Viola pubescens (8) (Updated on 12-19-21 from Plants of the World Online): Crocion pubescens (Aiton) Nieuwl., Viola pensylvanica Michx., Viola pubescens var. eriocarpon Nutt., Viola pubescens var. glabriuscula A.Gray, Viola pubescens f. peckii (House) Lévesque & Dans., Viola pubescens var. peckii House, Viola pubescens var. typica Grover, Viola uniflora var. pubescens (Aiton) Regel
Viola pubescens Aiton is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Downy Yellow Violet. It was named and described as such by William Aiton in Hortus Kewensis in 1789.
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.
As of 12-19-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 664 species in the Viola genus. The genus is a member of the plant family Violaceae with a total of 25 genera. Those numbers could change periodically as updates are made on POWO.
The above distribution map for Viola pubescens is from Plants of the World Online. Areas in green are where the species is native. The map on the USDA Plants Database and other sites may be a little different. They likely show lower taxon that are synonyms on POWO.
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. The maps on iNaturalist are continually updated as members post new observations.
THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR FURTHER READING AND TO HELP WITH A BETTER POSITIVE ID.
I found several nice-sized colonies of Viola pubescens in the woods along the creek behind my farm a few years ago but didn’t take photos until April 18 in 2020. I really like this species of Viola because it has yellow flowers instead of the normal shades you would expect from Violets. The other interesting thing is their fruit… They look like little balls of cotton. Further down the page, you will see photos of their fruit that I took in the secluded woods on a friend’s farm on May 3, also in 2020.
I apologize for not writing descriptions at the moment. I am busy updating plant pages and writing new pages for wildflowers I identified over the summer (plus adding more photos to previously published pages). Writing descriptions in my own words can be a lengthy process, so I decided to just make new pages and come back later and write the descriptions. This is a winter project but sometimes I get behind and it takes longer. I need to continually update because plant names change, the number of species and genera fluctuates, and I want to be as accurate as I can. There are several very good websites below that can help with a positive ID. We are all a work in progress.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.
FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
INTERNATIONAL PLANT NAMES INDEX (GENUS/SPECIES)
FLORA OF NORTH AMERICA (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
KANSAS WILDFLOWERS AND GRASSES
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
FRIENDS OF THE WILDFLOWER GARDEN
MARYLAND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
MID ATLANTIC NATURE
EDIBLE WILD FOOD
LAKE FOREST COLLEGE
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. 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. 🙂