Arrowhead Violet
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Arrowhead Violet
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Arrowhead Violet, Showy Violet, Mountain Violet
Botanical name: Viola betonicifolia    Family: Violaceae (Violet family)

Arrowhead Violet is a hairless perennial herb, 8-20 cm tall. Its flowers are quite similar to Himalayan White Violet. It is usually distinguished by its lanceshaped or spear-shaped blunt leaves which have a cut-off base abruptly narrowed to a winged upper part of the leaf stalk. Flowers are violet or lilac, with darker veins, 1 cm across, with a broad spur. Leaves are variable, usually 2-4 cm long, mostly with shallow blunt teeth, sometimes with a shallow heart-shaped base. Arrowhead Violet is found in E. Afghanistan to Japan and Australia, at altitudes of 1000-3000 m. In India it is found in the Himalayas and Western Ghats. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed in Baba Budangiri, Karnataka.

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