Indian Violet
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Indian Violet
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Indian Violet • Hindi: बनफ़्शा Banafsha • Nepali: घट्टे घाँस Ghatte ghans
Botanical name: Viola indica    Family: Violaceae (Violet family)

Indian Violet is a perennial herb readily distinguished by its relatively large fragrant violet-blue flowers, up to 2 cm. The flowers have a stout hooked spur up to 1 cm. Leaves are broadly ovate-heart-shaped, with a pointed tip, and saw-toothed margin. Indian Violet is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Himachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 1500-2400 m. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.

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