Violet family

FORM  Perennial herbs and shrubs.

Genera     22            

Species  900 in our area  52.43

Distribution temperate and tropical regions

Flowers bilaterally symmetrical of 5 unequal petals, abaxial one often spurred solitary or in racemes

#Parts  5 sepals, 5 petals, 5 stamens 

Symmetry Bilateral

Leaves simple alternate or basal stipules leafy.

 Two genera in our range Viola  violets and the green violet Hybanthus

Violets were a symbol of Venus in Ancient Greece, and were the flower of love. Hippocrates recommended if for pulmonary blockages, it was believed to disolve malignant tumors. In England Crystalized violet petals are enjoyed and the French make candies from them.56