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Viola macloskeyi
small white violet

Distribution: British Columbia to Alberta, south in the mountains to California.

Habitat: Boggy and wet ground from low to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from slender rhizomes, with filiform stolons, the leaves and peduncles rising from the rhizomes, the latter 3-6 cm. tall.


Leaf blades ovate-cordate, 1-3 cm. long, with petioles 2-4 cm. long; stipules lanceolate, membranous, with fine, gland-tipped teeth.


Flowers 5-10 mm. long, the spur fairly prominent; petals white, the lower 3 with purple penciling, the lateral pair bearded; style head glabrous.


Fruit a 3-valved capsule, ovary superior, placentation parietal.

Accepted Name:
Viola macloskeyi F.E. Lloyd

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Viola macloskeyi F.E. Lloyd ssp. macloskeyi
Viola macloskeyi F.E. Lloyd ssp. pallens (Banks ex Ging.) M.S. Baker [KZ99]
Viola macloskeyi Lloyd var. macloskeyi [HC]
Viola macloskeyi F.E. Lloyd var. pallens (Banks ex Ging.) C.L. Hitchc. [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Viola macloskeyi in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Viola macloskeyi checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Viola macloskeyi atlas page.

CalPhotos: Viola macloskeyi photos.

USDA Plants: Viola macloskeyi information.

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