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Sweet Violet - Viola odorata var. subcarnea

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Species Description

Violas of Britain and Ireland:

V. odorata var. subcarnea

Flowers dusk (or muddy) pink with violet spur; lateral petals usually lacking tuft of hairs and thus sometimes considered simply to be a pink form of var. imberbis. Found in the southern half of Britain on chalk and limestone (the same range as var. imberbis).

J. W. White:

var. subcarnea Jordan. The light red or liver-coloured flowers of this variety are most distinctive and very fragrant. The only other material character possessed by it is an emarginate lower petal - as described by Jordan - and that is not altogether constant. It is quite a rare form. The neighbourhood of Stanton Drew, and hedgebanks between that village and Pensford, are the only spots known to Mr. Fry and myself where the plant is at all abundant. It grows also in hedges about Ingst, G.; in Markham Bottom (Mr. S. Irwin); and very sparingly in open woodland above Weston-in-Gordano. Mrs. Gregory reports it as being rather frequent about Banwell, Christon, Winscombe and Weston-super-Mare. Dial Hill, Clevedon; Miss Livett. Gratwicke Hall and Tickenham Hill; Miss Roper.

Flora of Gloucestershire:

Var. subcarnea (Jord.) Parl. (Viola subcarnea Jord.). 33, 34. This is not a mere colour variety. Numerous records of it are given from all districts.