Viola caleyana G.Don

Swamp Violet

Gen. Hist. 1: 329 (1831) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Perennial herb, glabrous; stems elongated, to 30 cm long; stolons absent. Leaves along stem, sometimes clustered at nodes; lamina circular to triangular-ovate, 10–50 mm long, 10–50 mm wide, base cordate, apex obtuse, margins shallowly scalloped; petiole 1–6 cm long; stipules free, linear-lanceolate, entire or sparsely toothed. Flower-scapes 2–22 cm long; bracteoles at or above middle. Sepals lanceolate, 3–4 mm long, acute, basal appendages small; petals 8–10 mm long, white, rarely pale violet, lower (anterior) petal with short, broad spur, lateral petals sometimes slightly pubescent inside. Capsule 3-angled, 7–9 mm long. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, MonT, NIS, VRiv. Also NSW, Tas. Grows in moist areas near streams, often in silt and gravel between rocks, in far north-eastern and eastern Victoria.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Viola. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Violaceae
genus Viola
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Viola caleyana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Viola caleyana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory