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Field Pansy

A field pansy (Viola arvensis) growing on recently (past 6 months) disturbed ground.  According to W. Kebel Martin (The Concise British Flora in Colour, Ebury Press, 1965) this species is distinguished from the similar Viola tricolor by the fact that its sepals are longer than its petals.  In North America the term 'field pansy is also used to refer to a third species, Viola bicolor.

Photo taken in Reading University grounds, Reading, UK, on

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