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Taxon:Viola nephrophylla Greene Family: Violaceae
Rachel Hackett & Hillary Karbowski
United States, Michigan, Branch, Little Fawn River Fen
309 meters (1014ft)
Prairie fen surrounded by small wood pockets and agricultural fields. Several vegetaion zones: sedge meadow, wooded, marl. Most previlent species include Cyperaceae, Dasiphora fruticosa, Cornus, Symplocarpus foetidus, and Typha. Some Phalaris arundinacea near woods on north section of fen. Many small creeks zig-zag fen (less than 1m wide). Woody cover includes Larix laricina, Betula pumila, other birches, and Toxicodendron vernix. Within 75m of western border, approximately center north-south of fen, 5m west of aspen grove. Sedge, Thelypteris palustris, and Dasiphora fruticosa dominant. Some asters and Betula pumila also prominent. Ground with tall tussocks (20-30cm tall), moist. Shrubs about 1 per 1-2m2in immediate area. Mostly Betula pumila but some Cornus and Toxicodendron vernix.
Flower - purple, stem curls to hold flower, 5 sepals, 5 petals, rounded, lanced sepals with parallel veins. Population - sparse, seen between hummocks near Carex and asters on dry to somewhat moist soil.