Viola sagittata (V. s. var ovata) arrow-leaf violet Violaceae VISA; R, sc;

Viola sagittata.David G. Smith.www.discoverlife.org

Viola sagittata.David G. Smith.www.discoverlife.org (Accessed 5/2014).

Viola sagittata is a low perennial herb, stemless. 

Leaves basal, lance-shaped, at least 1.5 times as long as wide, tip bluntly pointed, base truncate to shallowly lobed, margin toothed, teeth larger at base, some leaves with elongate narrow lobes from sides of leaf base. 

Flowers violet-purple with a white center, to 2.5 cm wide, bilaterally symmetric, 5-parted, 3 lower petals bearded, closed flowers later in season, inconspicuous. 

Fruit capsule egg-shaped; blooms April-June. 

Wetland status: FACW. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Moist open woods, meadows on sterile soil.