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Viola sheltonii
fan violet, shelton's violet

Distribution: Chiefly east of the Cascades, from near Cle Elum, Kittitas County, Washington, south to Baja California, east to Idaho

Habitat: Chaparral or open forest, often under ponderosa pine

Flowers: April - June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous perennial from deep-seated rhizomes, the flowering stems 5-15 cm. tall.


Leaf blades glaucous and somewhat purplish on the lower surface, 2-5 cm. long and broad, deeply cleft into 3 main lobes and dissected into ultimate linear segments; stipules small, membranous, comb-like.


Flowers about 12 mm. long, yellow, the upper pair of petals brownish-backed, the lower three purplish-penciled, the lateral pair sparsely bearded; style head sparsely bearded.


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

Accepted Name:
Viola sheltonii Torr.
Publication: Pacif. Railr. Rep. 4(5): 67, pl. 2. 1857.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Viola sheltonii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Viola sheltonii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Viola sheltonii photos.

USDA Plants: Viola sheltonii information.

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