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Viola atropurpurea

Viola atropurpurea

On the heels of the 5000th comment posted a couple days ago, today's milestone achieved is the 1000th entry (on the 999th consecutive day, due to the double entry earlier this year). What better way to celebrate than with violets?

For most of you, I'll guess that you've never encountered violets that looked like these before. It is unfortunate that these plants never flowered in the garden before dying, so I don't have any photographs of them in bloom, nor have I been able to track down an online photograph elsewhere. Images of related species of rosulate (“leaves forming a rosette”) violets in bloom do exist, though they are also rare. For examples, scroll down to the middle of the page in Alpine Garden Society Expedition to Northern Patagonia: November-December 2005 for photographs of six different species of rosulate violets.

Like the other species in the link above, Viola atropurpurea is also native to Patagonia, i.e., southern South America. Within the violet genus, these rosulate species are all grouped together in the Section Andinium, named for the Andes.

A description of the species is available from the Rock Garden Plant Database: Viola atropurpurea. The peculiar growth-form helps individuals survive the high-altitude environment by reducing water loss, ameliorating sub-freezing temperatures for the entire above-ground plant, optimizing light interception and protecting the apical meristem, or the growing tip of the plant, from temperature damage.

On the subject of Patagonia and land conservation: a couple weeks ago, the local weekly independent newspaper had an article about a Canadian company planning “to industrialize Patagonia for the first time”; see: Canadian pension funds linked to controversial project in Patagonia. In a world of environmental ills, I'm particularly incensed about this one as I seem to be partly responsible for this project through both my country's pension plan and perhaps my workplace plan. I'm going to be asking a few questions in the new year about this... In the meantime, this topic led me to discover the weblog Patagonia Under Siege and find this summary article about the issues via onearth.

7 Comments

Bouquets
one flower at a time,please
how ever small the face

two flowers are one flower
too many,a distraction

three flowers in a vase begin
to be a little noisy

like a coctail coversation
with everybody talking

a crowd of flowers is a crowd
of flatters(forgive me)

one flower at a time.I want to
hear what it is saying
robert francis american


thank you daniel you make my day


If you are incensed about Canadian companies ecocide in Patagonia and ugly Canadian miming of such Yanks, the worst may be that of Gabriel resources or Aurel? in Romania Transylvania Rosia Montana gold mine where they plan the same horror as has already happened about five years ago nearby when the mine sludge mainly contaminated with cyanide broke through the shoddy dam and killed millions of fish and other life in the Tisa Tisza river in three or four countries, Romania Hungary and Serbia Yugoslavia.
The politics is so abysmal in those parts that neither the Rumanians nor the Hungarians raised the alarm only the Serbs who didnt give a damn as they were already through a war,
Later I found out that clear strip mining as practised in the Appalachians will be used to destroy all the cultural and Roman mine heritage by this Canadian company.
It gets worse the landscape and rivers and mountains of Guatemala Papua New Gunea in that case Aussies too and now Romania are devastated destroyed exterminated by Canadian gold companies.
Destroying whole mountains filling up river valleys with the tailings
and killing all life in the downstream rivers with cyanide are criminal acts.
The corrupt client governments are easy to buy.

I think that the whole global warming huu haa and the idiotic war on terror are camouflage to permit final terminal inexorable unredeemable irreversible destruction of Nature and people living in harmony with nature.
Patagonia good websites Madagascar Philippines
Indonesia Outback Pacific coral islands I'll stop there practically the whole planet is for clear strip mining cyanide pollution clear cut logging yes BC is a horror flying from Vancouver to Haida Gwaii clearcuts on steep mountains which will take ten millenia to regrow soil and forests city suburb expansion compare the landscape of Varley of the Grouse Mtn more than a half a century ago and profile of other northshore mtns as the hideous disease creeps up a mtn unfit for housing nor development all all all points to suicidal selfdestructive hubris, man as denatured psycho killing what nourishes him.
Every square inch of this sacred planet is our last stand, we must fight the savage annihilators in the guise of develoment.
Candians Brascan go home from Patagonia.
Actually we dont want them here either.
Just vaporise under any name.

What a stunningly unexpected appearance! I thought at first the photo was wrongly labeled. It must have been some kind of sedum. If we ever doubted we should wonder at the marvels in the genome, this is testimony that we should!

Ohmigosh! Violets. Never saw this before. Love it.

When you consider how widespread violets are in cold climates and how many of those with the conventionally shaped leaves form small, tight rosettes it's not that much of a stretch to imagine them evolving into something like this.

Fantastic plant. I'm off to *google* up some blooms.

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