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Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow Lake
- Violets (Viola papilionaceae) -
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wfshl-violet1.jpg (48070 bytes)This common violet actually becomes quite exotic looking when viewed in this enlarged photo. 

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wfshl-violet2.jpg (45612 bytes)This small patch of violets gives us the opportunity to view the leaf and flower structure.  Note that the flowers rise on separate stems and not from a common stem with the leaves.

 

 

wfshl-violet3.jpg (55590 bytes)Note the way the violet leaves "unroll" as they develop.   The leaf structure makes it relatively easy to identify the violet when it is not in bloom.

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wfshl-violet4.jpg (59440 bytes)Note the way the flower stems of the violet rise independently from the leaves.

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wfshl-violet5.jpg (52082 bytes)The flowers of the violet are said to be high in vitamin C and have been used to make a colorful and nutritious garnish on salads.  It was also used for medicinal purposes by the early settlers, which we presume they learned to do from the Native Americans.

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wfshl-violet6.jpg (52121 bytes)We could not specifically identify this smaller and lighter blue variety of the common violet.  The flowers of this variety also seem to be more numerous, and the two upper flower petals overlap more than those of the larger variety in the earlier photos in this series.

 

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