Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Viola nephrophylla Greene
(Streambank Violet)

Family: Violaceae

Status: Native

Viola arizonica Greene
Viola nephrophylla Greene var. arizonica (Greene) Kearney & Peebles
Viola pratincola Greene
Viola sororia Willdenow var. affinis of Western authors, not (Leconte) McKinney

Viola nephrophylla is found alongside streams at upper elevation in the shade of trees. The flower is purple, with the lowest corolla lobe marked with strikingly contrasting white with a purple apex and with purple veins. Viola nephrophylla is acaulescent (has no stem) and has rounded, unlobed leaves.
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Viola nephrophylla, photo Russ Kleinman & Richard Felger, Black Range, East Canyon, Apr. 16, 2008

Viola nephrophylla, closeup of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Mogollon Range, Redstone Trailhead, May 10, 2009

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