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Viola selkirkii Goldie
Common Name: GREAT-SPURRED VIOLET
Coefficient of Conservatism: 7
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

Deciduous forests, especially beech-maple, frequently on rotting logs or mossy crevices in limestone; less often in coniferous forests and river bottomlands. This is a circumpolar violet, and is something of a calciphile. Although small and easily overlooked, perhaps mistaken for the common leafy-stemmed V. labradorica with similarly colored light blue flowers, this species can be easily recognized by the long, thick spur or by the leaves with a tendency for the lobes to overlap and with minute pubescence only on the upper surface (very rarely a few hairs beneath).

Locations

Alger County
Baraga County
Benzie County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
Clare County
Emmet County
Gogebic County
Gratiot County
Houghton County
Iron County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Luce County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Marquette County
Menominee County
Montmorency County
Ontonagon County
Oscoda County
Presque Isle County
Schoolcraft County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. January 30, 2023. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2797.