Sand Violet - Viola adunca
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Common in Montana, particularly west of the continental divide.
Plants rhizomatous, puberulent to glabrous. Stems inconspicuous at first but elongating to 1–10 cm. Leaf blades lanceolate- to ovate-cordate, 5–40 mm wide with crenulate margins; stipules ragged, narrow, 4–12 mm long. Flowers blue, 8–20 mm long; lower petals often white-based; lateral pair bearded; spur 4–8 mm long; style hairy at the tip. Capsule 4–5 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
AK to Greenland south to CA, CO, SD, MN and NY (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).
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Moist forest, riparian thickets, meadows, margins of wetlands at all elevations (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX)
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- Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.