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Viola flettii
Flett's violet, Olympic violet

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington, where endemic to the Olympic Mountains

Habitat: Alpine rock crevices and talus slopes at high elevations.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Review Group 1 in Washington (WANHP)

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, flies


Glabrous perennial from short, thick rhizomes, the stems 3-15 cm. long.


Leaves fleshy, petiolate, purplish-green, the blades reniform, 1.5-4 cm. broad, finely round-toothed; stipules lanceolate, toothed.


Flowers 1.5 cm. long, the spur very short, yellow; petals purplish-violet, yellow at the base, the lower 3 dark-veined, the lateral pair yellow-bearded; style head well bearded.


Fruit a 3-valved capsule, ovary superior, placentation parietal.

Accepted Name:
Viola flettii Piper
Publication: Erythea 6(7): 69. 1898.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Viola flettii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Viola flettii checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Viola flettii information.

E-Flora BC: Viola flettii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Viola flettii photos.

USDA Plants: Viola flettii information.

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