Trailing Violet
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Trailing Violet
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Trailing Violet
Botanical name: Viola wallichiana    Family: Violaceae (Violet family)
Synonyms: Viola reniformis

Trailing violet is a vigorous perennial herb upto 10cm tall, found usually in moist areas. It differs from Yellow Wood Violet in having a long narrow spur up to 5 mm, and narrow linear pointed sepals up to 5 mm. Flowers are borne in upper leaf axils, yellow, stalks 2-3 cm, slender. Sepals are narrow, tip pointed, basal ears prominent. margin narrowly membranous, hairless. Upper and lateral petals are oblong-obovate, anterior one broadly obovate, spur tubular, apur of anterior stamens angular. Basal leaves are 2-4, leaf-stalk long, slender, leaf blade kidney-shaped or nearly round, both surface hairless, puberullous only along margins, base heart-shaped, margin toothed, tip rounded. Stem leaves are smaller; stipules free, narrowly ovate to lanceshaped, somewhat membranous, tip tapering, leaf-stalk shorter. Occurs in rock crevices in forest understories, in the Himalayas, from C Nepal to Bhutan, at altitudes of 2800-3700m. Flowering: July-August.

Photographed beyond Tsomgo lake, Sikkim.

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