Pansy Platystemma
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Pansy Platystemma
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Pansy Platystemma
Botanical name: Platystemma violoides    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Chirita violoides

Pansy Platystemma is a plant with a stem 5-15 cm long, bearing one broadly ovate coarsely-toothed hairy leaf, 4-6.5 cm long, occasionally with a second much smaller one opposite. Leaf blade broadly ovate, 1.5-8 x 1.8-8 cm, white velvety above, sparsely white velvety below, base heart-shaped to eared, margin coarsely toothed, tip broadly pointed to blunt. Lateral veins are subpalmate, 3-6 on each side of midrib. Flowers are superficially Pansy-like, one to a few on slender stalks, blue-violet, about 1.5 cm across. Pansy Platystemma is found in the Himalayas, from Himachal Pradesh to Bhutan, in rock outcrops in mountain forest, at altitudes of 1800-3400 m.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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