Himalayan White Violet
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Himalayan White Violet
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan White Violet
Botanical name: Viola canescens    Family: Violaceae (Violet family)
Synonyms: Viola serpens var. canescens

Himalayan White Violet is a nearly prostrate herb found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to NE India, at altitudes of 1500-2400 m. Flowers are pale violet, often almost white, 1-1.8 cm across, with a short blunt spur, and hairy sepals, on erect stalks 5-15 cm long. Petals are up to 1.5 cm long, about 4 mm broad, obovate, obtuse, upper two are wedge-shaped, two lateral ones are narrower and bearded at the base, marked with dark coloured streaks. Lower most petals is the shortest, patterned with dark coloured stripes. Leaves are ovate-heartshaped to kidney-shaped with a blunt tip. Leaves are rather thick and covered with grey hairs. Leaf stalks are also covered with down-curved hairs. Stipules are lance-shaped. Flowering: March-June.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand & Sonmarg, Kashmir.

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