Lanceleaf violet gets its name from leaves that are much more narrow than most species. They are sometimes less than a centimeter across. Southern plants tend to have the narrowest leaves, and have been segregated as variety vittata, or even as a separate species. This southern individual also seems to have petals that are more narrow than most violets. Lanceleaf violet grows in bogs and fens in AL, AR, CA, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN(T), MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT(T), WA, WI, WV, BC, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and on SPM. Martin Co FL, 1/28/13. Violet family, Violaceae.