Friday, April 30, 2010

A New Violet

There is either a new color variation of a yellow violet or another violet species on this mountain. I'm opting for a new species. The picture is bad. I was trying to be artsy and get the chimney in the shot. I'll get a better one later.

I think this is Viola striata, the Striped Cream Violet.

Let's see now, two kind yellow violet, two kind white violet, white and purple speckled violet and purple violets from pale to deep purple and from narrow to blousy petals. With this new violet that makes seven species of violets up here. At least. Looking through the violets at that site above makes me wonder if all those purple ones could be more than one species.

Whatever. We got plenty violets now.

We also have this oddball Conopholis americana, Squaw-Root coming up. It is a parasitic perennial herb that feeds on oak tree roots.

There is always something out there.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

That herbie thing is odd looking. I have never seen such a thing.

Lola said...

Love those violets. That growth in the last pic sure looks strange. Almost like a small pineapple. Does it bloom or anything?

Christopher C. NC said...

Lisa if you go for a walk where there are oaks you may find some in your area.

Lola the pineapple thing has self pollinating flowers that stay completely underground and never come up.

Lola said...

That's for the pits. Guess your only supposed to enjoy that funny looking growth.