DougT - email - url
The seed pod may have arisen from a cleistogamous flower. These are much less conspicuous than the flowers with the more familiar purple, white, or yellow corollas. In many species, cleistogamous flowers occur through much of the summer. I grow prairie violets (Viola pedatifida) in tubs in order to harvest the seed for restoration purposes. The cleistogamous flowers produce way more seed than the spring forms do.
Monday: 16 November 2009 @ 17:39:49
Wayne - email - url
Robin - I really admired the symmetry, not to mention the capacity audience of seeds that have so far been undisturbed.
Doug - thanks for that. I knew about cleistogamous flowers, but didn't realize they might continue to emerge after the usual reported flowering season. I suppose that means the species could be anything local, rather than V. blanda, although that's common enough here.
Nice observation about seed production from cleistogamous vs chasmogamous flowers!
Tuesday: 17 November 2009 @ 08:15:37
Ontario Wanderer - email - url
In my continual search for late flower I have found the following three violets in bloom in October here in Ontario: Viola canadensis, Viola sororia, & Viola pubescens. Not only that but I have found Viola canadensis and Viola sororia blooming in November and December too in very protected spots. I've not seen seeds for any of those blooms but then I've not looked at them too much after the last bloom so who knows.
I've not seen any violets this year since October but I did find 50 other species blooming last Friday.
Saturday: 21 November 2009 @ 21:55:23
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