Plantlife's UK County Flowers project - you can vote
Plantlife is running a 'County Flowers' project in the UK.
This allows anybody to vote for which flower they think should represent the counties (or large metro district) where they live or which they visit in this the Queen's jubilee year. There are one or two Viola represented already, but you may want to add your own votes. And to be honest, of course, you don't have to vote just for violets or pansies. The idea is to think of plants which means something special to the community - either through its contribution to the scenery, or maybe it has some special use, or maybe it is treasured because of its rarity. You are not constrained to choosing from a fixed list of plants; you can add your own suggestions if you wish.
This is all very well organized through the Plantlife web site, making it easy to participate. Note that once you have voted for a county, that county disappears from the list - to make sure you vote only once per county.
Voting continues up to 1Dec02, and results are due to be announced in Feb03. I've made a note in my calendar and will post a followup to note whether any violets or pansies made it or not.
There is a little more information on this project in BSBI News April 2002 pp.50-51, thanks to Trevor Dines, and on the Plantlife web site - have a browse around before you vote.
The project uses common names, not botanical ones, so for ease of reference:
V. odorata = sweet violet
V. hirta = hairy violet
V. palustris = marsh violet or bog violet
V. persicifolia = fen violet
V. rupestris = Teesdale violet (mainly associated with Co. Durham)
V. canina = heath dog violet or dog violet
V. lactea = pale heath violet or pale dog violet
V. riviniana = wood violet or late wood violet or common violet
V. reichenbachiana - early wood violet
V. lutea = mountain pansy
V. tricolor = heartsease or wild pansy
V. tricolor ssp. curtisii = dune pansy
V. arvensis = field pansy
V. kitaibeliana = dwarf pansy
Of course, there are other common names for these species; the above are just some common ones
Here is a link that might be useful: Plantlife: go here and follow the 'County Flowers' link