Arrowhead Violet (Viola Betonicifolia)

The botanical name of the Arrowhead Violet is Viola Betonicifolia, it is an evergreen perennial, also referred  to as the Mountain Violet is a species of violet native along the eastern side of Australia mainly along the Great Dividing Range, which Toowoomba sits on. This species of violet is also common in India and Pakistan.

So named due to the shape of it's leaf in the formation of an arrowhead shape, in comparison to its European cousin Viola Odorata which instead has a large heart shaped leaf formation.

The violet prefers a semi shaded rockery environment such as the edge of forests.

The Australia Fritillary Butterfly, which is now almost extinct is dependent on the Arrowhead violet for existence.

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