Viola mearnsii

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Viola mearnsii


Perennial; Leaves ½-1½ by ¾-1½ cm, about as long as broad, triangular-ovate, broadly and shallowly cordate at base, obtuse, rarely acute, crenulate or serrate-crenate, pubescent in crenations above, glabrous beneath, herbaceous; Stipules 3-5 by c. 1 mm, linear-lanceolate, acute, fimbrio-dentate, fuscous or greenish, slightly adnate to petiole. Flowers 7-11½ mm, whitish with purple veins; Sepals c. 3 by c. 1 mm, lanceolate, acute, glabrous or ciliate near base, sparingly denticulate on margin; Petals 2-2½ times as long as broad; Capsule c. 6 mm, globose, glabrous.


Asia-Tropical: Philippines (Philippines present); Sulawesi (Sulawesi present), Luzon present, Mindanao present, Negros present
Malesia: Philippines (Luzon, Negros, Mindanao), Celebes. .


Differs from V. merrilliana in its more triangular, shallowly cordate leaves which have hairs only in the marginal crenations on the upper side, smaller flowers, denticulate sepals and dentate calycine appendages. The occurrence in Celebes is based on a single collection (KJELL-BERG 2658) which differs from Philippine material in having glabrous leaves, and entire glabrous sepals and calycine appendages. The terminal portion of the style is absent. Further material is required to confirm this determination.


MELCHIOR 1934 – In: Notizbl. Berl.-Dahl.: 206
Merr. 1923 – In: En. Philip.: 105
MERRILL 1921 – In: Philip. J. Sc.: 715
BECKER 1916 – In: Beih. Bot. Centralbl.: 411