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Viola ocellata  Torr. & A. Gray
Pinto violet,   Twoeyed violet,   Western heart's ease
Viola ocellata is a perennial herb that is native to California, and endemic (limited) to California.
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Genus: Viola
Family: Violaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Ultramafic affinity: 2.5 - strong indicator

Communities: Redwood Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Chaparral

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Viola ocellata from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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[Wikipedia] Common Names, Range, Habitat, Host Plant for Butterfly: Viola ocellata is a species of violet known by the common names pinto violet,[1] two-eyed violet,[2] and western heart's ease.[3] It is native to southern Oregon and northern and central California, where it occurs in the coastal foothills and mountain ranges. It sometimes grows in serpentine soils[4] and in quicksilver mines.[5] The species is a host plant of the butterfly Boloria epithore.[7] (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/18/2024).