Kinnaur Violet
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Kinnaur Violet
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Kinnaur Violet
Botanical name: Viola kunawurensis    Family: Violaceae (Violet family)
Synonyms: Viola thianschanica

Kinnaur Violet is a tiny perennial herb with a basal cluster of tiny long-stalked elliptic leaves, and small violet flowers borne on short, slender, leafless stalks direct from the rootstock. Flowers are very small, 5-10 mm across, with a short blunt spur, and (often) dark veins on the petals. Leaves have a blade about 1-2 cm, obscurely toothed. Leaf-stalk is long, slightly winged. Capsule is elliptic pointed. Kinnaur Violet is found on rocky hillsides in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 3000-4700 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed enroute to Pangong Lake, Ladakh.
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