Viola wikipedia

Viola wikipedia is a species of flowering plant, in the genus Viola, and was named in 2019 after the online encyclopedia Wikipedia[1] by the husband-and-wife[2] team of botanists John Michael Watson and Ana Rosa Flores.[1]

Viola wikipedia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Violaceae
Genus: Viola
V. wikipedia
Binomial name
Viola wikipedia
Watson & Flores, 2019

Watson wrote:[1]

one [resource] is particularly outstanding in that we consult it constantly for information on a wide variety of subjects related to our work – Wikipedia, as cited herein for example. The best token return we can think of is to name a plant accordingly, so it therefore gives us pleasure to record our gratitude via the replacement epithet of this species, as a noun in apposition.

The species is endemic to the Santiago region of Chile.[1] It is known only from a specimen collected in January 1855,[1][3] which was described by Rodolfo Amando Philippi in 1857 with the illegitimate homonym of Viola angustifolia.[1][3]

It is closely related to V. acanthophylla, V. bustillosia, and V. cheeseana, the latter being newly described in the same paper.[1] It is differentiated from these other species by having "Leaf margin shallowly long-serrate. Peduncle clearly shorter than leaves."[1]

However, according to International Plant Name Index, Viola wikipedia would be not a new species but a superfluous and illegitimate name of Viola angustifolia.[4]


  1. Watson, J.M. (2019). "Lest we forget. A new identity and status for a Viola of section Andinium W. Becker; named for an old and treasured friend and companion. Plus another..." (PDF). International Rock Gardener (117): 47–. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-10-01.
  2. "Contributors" (PDF). Rock Garden Quarterly. Winter 2012–2013. John Watson lives in Chile with his wife and working partner, Anita Flores (Ana R. Flores for formal publications).
  3. Philippi, R.A. (1857) Plantarum novarum chilensium. Centuria prima. Linnaea 28: 612.
  4. "Name entry at International Plant Names Index". Retrieved 2019-10-02.
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