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Viola riviniana (Common Dog-violet)

Synonyms: Viola riviniana f. prolifera; Viola riviniana f. sobolifera; Viola riviniana var. minor; Viola silana; Viola silvatica; Viola sylvestris; Viola sylvestris subsp. riviniana

Wikipedia Abstract

Viola riviniana, the common dog-violet, is a species of the genus Viola native to Eurasia and Africa. It is also called wood violet and dog violet. It is a perennial herb of woodland ridges, grassland and shady hedge banks. It is found in all soils except acid or very wet. It is a perennial, flowering from April to June. Viola riviniana was voted the county flower of Lincolnshire in 2002, following a poll by the wild plant conservation charity Plantlife.
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Height [2]  7 inches (.18 m)
Light Preference [3]  Mixed Sun/Shade
Soil Acidity [3]  Moderate Acid
Soil Fertility [3]  Mostly Infertile
Soil Moisture [3]  Moist
Bee Flower Color [1]  Blue
Flower Color [1]  Blue
Lifespan [2]  Perennial


Boloria selene (Silver-bordered fritillary)[4]
Clossiana euphrosyne[5]
Fabriciana niobe[5]


Parasitized by 
Peronospora violae[5]
Puccinia violae[5]



Attributes / relations provided by
1Arnold SEJ, Faruq S, Savolainen V, McOwan PW, Chittka L, 2010 FReD: The Floral Reflectance Database — A Web Portal for Analyses of Flower Colour. PLoS ONE 5(12): e14287.
2PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish Plants: Status, Size, Life History, Geography and Habitats, M. O. Hill, C. D. Preston & D. B. Roy, Biological Records Centre, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (2004)
3ECOFACT 2a Technical Annex - Ellenberg’s indicator values for British Plants, M O Hill, J O Mountford, D B Roy & R G H Bunce (1999)
4Ecology of Commanster
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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