Species of the Month - April 2015
Violet likes wet acid ground and so it is very much at home in most of
Argyll. It's found in damp moorland, marshes and rushy hillsides,
also in wet woodland and alongside tracks.
flowers are paler and smaller than those of the Dog Violet, which is the
common spring-flowering violet that you see everywhere. The top
two petals of Marsh Violet are bent back and the anthers form an orange
blob in the centre of the flower. The spur at the back of the
flower is much shorter than in Dog Violet and is usually the same colour
as the rest of the flower (see pic above right). Dog Violet has a
long spur which is normally a whitish colour, paler than the rest of the
This photo shows Dog Violet and Marsh Violet growing together. The Dog Violet is the one at the back, with a larger, darker flower and petals not bent back. Its leaves are pointed, as seen along the bottom of the picture. The large rounded leaves in the picture belong to Marsh Violet, as do the paler flowers.
flowering stem of Marsh Violet has a couple of small bracts on it, but no
leaves. The plant's leaves and stems arise separately from a
creeping rootstock. Dog Violet does not have a creeping
rootstock and its flowers arise on branches that also have leaves.
of Marsh Violet growing among Sphagnum in woodland.
Please send in your Marsh Violet sightings
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Note you can still send in
records for past species of the month. Here is the list of species
we've had so far:
Note you can still send in records for past species of the month. Here is the list of species we've had so far: