E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Viola praemorsa var. praemorsa
yellow montane violet
Violaceae (Violet family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Viola praemorsa var. praemorsa
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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a fibrous root, without stolons; stems erect, sparsely to densely hairy, largely underground but the aerial stems 6-30 cm tall.
Basal leaves egg-shaped to lanceolate, entire or slightly wavy, sparsely to densely hairy, the blades 2-10 cm long, 1-3.5 cm wide, the stalks 3-15 cm long; stem leaves lacking or few, similar; stipules joined to the stem with the free end entire to toothed, sparsely to densely hairy.
Inflorescence of single, axillary flowers; petals 5, yellow, the lower petal 12-20 mm long including the 1- to 2-mm long spur, the lower 3 usually brown-penicilled and sometimes tinged with brown, the lateral pair bearded; sepals 5, lanceolate; style heads bearded.
Capsules, smooth to hairy, 6-11 mm long; seeds dark brown.
The ssp. linguaefolia (Nutt. ex T.& G.) Baker & Clausen ex Peck may occur in the Rocky Mountains of extreme SE BC. This subspecies can be distinguished from ssp. praemorsa by its longer, narrower stem leaves and the wedge-shaped leaf base.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grassy slopes and oak woodlands in the lowland zone; rare on SE Vancouver Island and adjacent islands; S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Viola praemorsa var. praemorsa

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 630 1320 2260
Slope Gradient (%) 0 28 80
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
60 140 340
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 3 5
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(2), ICH(1), IDF(6), MS(1), PP(7)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Viola praemorsa Douglas ex Lindl.

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