Hidden Violet - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Viola cleistogamoides
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 22 Aug 2018


Unlike many other violets, the Hidden Violet has tiny white, scentless flowers that often have a purplish tinge. It is a creeping herb with oval, angular, bluntly-toothed leaves to 10 mm long. Leaves are longer than the flower-stems.


Hidden Violet is locally common in parts of coastal Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. In NSW, it is known from several sites in the Wonboyn area (including Nadgee Nature Reserve).

Habitat and ecology

  • At Nadgee Moor the Hidden Violet occurs in heath.
  • Elsewhere it occupies a variety of situations, often in wet sandy coastal heaths.
  • Hidden Violets have also been found inland in heathland, woodland with a heathy understorey and grassy forests. Disturbed sites such as tracks, firebreaks and even lawns have also been colonised.
  • Despite the specific name and the inconspicuous flowers, the plant does not appear to self-pollinate.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Other StateSA Known None
South East CornerEast Gippsland Lowlands Known None
South East CornerSouth East Coastal Ranges Known south of Bega River