What plant is that?

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Round-leaved Yellow Violet

Photo Credit: © Francis R. Underwood 2012

The mystery plant for May is listed in Rare Plants of RI as State Threatened. The shiny green leaves which are all basal, have scalloped margins and are about 1- 1 1/2" wide at flowering time enlarging to 3” or more in summer. The short flowering stem has no leaves and holds a single bright yellow flower.  This plant begins blooming in early spring and grows in rich moist woods and can sometimes be found along stream banks.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
  Viola rotundifolia
Common Name:
  Round-leaved Yellow Violet
  Violaceae  (Violet Family)
  Rich moist woods and edges of streams

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