[The Violet Family East of the Cascade Mts. of Oregon and Washington]

Small White Violet, Sweet White Violet

Viola macloskeyi

Synonyms: Viola macloskeyi ssp. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens, Viola macloskeyi var. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi var. pallens

Small White Violet, Sweet White Violet: Viola macloskeyi (Synonyms: Viola macloskeyi ssp. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens, Viola macloskeyi var. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi var. pallens)

The photo above shows sweet white violet as seen at Point Perception at the western edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness........June 28, 2004.

Flower of Small White Violet, Sweet White Violet: Viola macloskeyi (Synonyms: Viola macloskeyi ssp. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens, Viola macloskeyi var. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi var. pallens) The photo at right shows a close-up of the flower of sweet white violet as seen at Point Perception at the western edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness.........June 28, 2004.
Characteristics:

Sweet white violet is a beautiful, petite perennial wildflower from 3-6 cm high that lacks aerial flowering stems. The membranous stipules are glandular-toothed and lanceolate in shape. The petioles are 2-4 cm long while the leaf blades are orbicular or kidney-shaped with a heart-shaped base and slightly scalloped margins. The blades typically measure 1-3 cm long.

The white (and somewhat translucent) flowers are usually held above the leaves on short peduncles and measure from 5-10 mm long with a fairly prominent spur. The 3 lower petals are purple-penciled and the lateral petals have some yellowish hairs at the mouth of the flower.


Habitat:

Sweet white violet may be found on moist to boggy ground in the mountains. This includes bogs, wet meadows and streambanks.


Range:

Sweet white violet may be found in the mountains across much of North America. In the Pacific Northwest, they may be found in the Cascade Mts. from British Columbia south to California and in the Wallowa Mts. of northeastern Oregon.


Small White Violet, Sweet White Violet: Viola macloskeyi (Synonyms: Viola macloskeyi ssp. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens, Viola macloskeyi var. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi var. pallens) - Small White Violet, Sweet White Violet: Viola macloskeyi (Synonyms: Viola macloskeyi ssp. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens, Viola macloskeyi var. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi var. pallens) - Small White Violet, Sweet White Violet: Viola macloskeyi (Synonyms: Viola macloskeyi ssp. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens, Viola macloskeyi var. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi var. pallens)

Close-ups of what appears to be small white violet as seen at Jubilee Lake, Umatilla National Forest...........June 29, 2012. At first, I thought this might be Viola palustris, but the flowers are small and the backs of the petals are pure white (with dark stripes) instead of white with purplish spotting. I'd probably want to see plants a little bit later in the season to verify this identity.

Small White Violet, Sweet White Violet: Viola macloskeyi (Synonyms: Viola macloskeyi ssp. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens, Viola macloskeyi var. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi var. pallens) - Small White Violet, Sweet White Violet: Viola macloskeyi (Synonyms: Viola macloskeyi ssp. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens, Viola macloskeyi var. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi var. pallens)

Small white violet as seen along stream crossings of the McCully Creek Trail #1812 about a mile north of the McCully Creek crossing, Eagle Cap Wilderness......July 19, 2019.

Sideview of a flower of Small White Violet, Sweet White Violet: Viola macloskeyi (Synonyms: Viola macloskeyi ssp. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens, Viola macloskeyi var. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi var. pallens)

The photo above shows a close-up side view of the flower of sweet white violet as seen at Point Perception at the western edge of the Eagle Cap Wilderness...........June 28, 2004.

Leaf of Small White Violet, Sweet White Violet: Viola macloskeyi (Synonyms: Viola macloskeyi ssp. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi ssp. pallens, Viola macloskeyi var. macloskeyi, Viola macloskeyi var. pallens)

The photo above shows the rounded leaf of sweet white violet.

Paul Slichter