Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Walter's Violet
Viola walteri
Family: Violaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S2

Dry-mesic upland forests often with thin canopies.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early April to late May.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
A stemmed violet (although sometimes appearing as a rosette because stems become prostrate and root at the nodes) with small orbicular leaves that are often purplish beneath, especially on the veins. The plant is puberulent (short hairy) throughout. The flower petals are blue/violet and the spur, the extended basal petal, is mostly 3-8 mm long; lateral petals bearded.

Disturbance such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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