Viola betonicifolia subsp. betonicifolia

Showy Violet

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Leaves erect to spreading from rootstock; lamina ovate to obovate, 15–45(–60) mm long, 6–25 mm wide, margins at least slightly convex, base cuneate to shallowly cordate; petiole 2–12(–15) cm long, narrowly winged in upper third or not winged. Flower-scapes usually exceeding leaves. (See species description for full account). Flowers Sep.–Feb.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, MonT, MuF, NIS, OtP, SnM, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro. Widespread, occurring in a variety of habitats from rather dry, stony woodlands at low altitude to damp alpine herbfields.

Variable in leaf size and number, and flower size and colour. Generally flowers of this subspecies are smaller than those of subsp. novaguineensis, but there is considerable overlap.

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.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-30
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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 betonicifolia subsp. betonicifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Viola betonicifolia subsp. betonicifolia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory