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Observed: 23rd June 2013 By: flossiflossi’s reputation in Plantsflossi’s reputation in Plants
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Early Dog-violet (Viola reichenbachiana) interacts


landgirl's picture


Would you mind explaining why you think it's this hybrid? I agree it's a Viola!

fredthered's picture

I'm glad you agree it's a

I'm glad you agree it's a viola. I had to have a good look at the ones in my garden to be sure, as the plant looks so different when it has matured, the stems seem more branched. I am not certain which viola it is, but I have the Wood Violet in my garden, and it looks exactly the same - branched stems, and the leaves are less robust and less rounded than ordinary dog violet, I think. But I am by no means certain. I wish I could be!

Chris Metherell's picture

Viola hybrid

This hybrid (V. x mixta) is very rare, as the parents would be rather unlikely to meet in nature. The first thing to consider when looking at Viola hybrids is to see whether the plant is setting seed. As far as I know, all Viola hybrids are very sterile. This one looks to have pretty plump, effective looking seed pods and so a hybrid seems unlikely.

Chris Metherell
BSBI VC Recorder
North Northumberland

fredthered's picture

Thank you for that. I think I

Thank you for that. I think I may have clicked the wrong Latin name button - what do you think it is? The plant I think it is, is Common Wood Dog Violet is named in my book as V reichenbachiana or V sylvestris.

landgirl's picture


V. reichenbachiana is Early Dog Violet, aka Wood Dog Violet. V. riviniana is Common Dog Violet. Your plant does not have enlarged sepal appendages, so that excludes V. riviniana. It does have pointed sepals, so could be V. reichenbachiana, but there are other violas that also show these features, for example V. canina. I believe that some garden forms are bred from V. canina.

lavateraguy's picture

At least in my neck of the woods ...

... Viola riviniana is the commonest violet. I can tell from the triangular sepals that it's not Viola odorata or Viola hirta. Personally I can't say more without flowers, but on grounds of commonness Viola riviniana seems the most likely. (I've recorded 83 "sites" for Viola riviniana and 5 for Viola reichenbachiana - the ratio in terms of locations and plants will be even higher.)

landgirl's picture


...this is in a garden, I think.