Yellow Wood Violet
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Yellow Wood Violet
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Common name: Yellow Wood Violet
Botanical name: Viola biflora    Family: Violaceae (Violet family)

Yellow Wood Violet is a common perennial herb of the Himalayan mountains, with erect stems up to 10 cm or more. It sports bright yellow flowers with streaks of dark purple on the petals towards the center. Flowers occur singly or in pairs, hence the species name biflora. Flowers are about 1.5 cm across, with oblong, blunt or pointed sepals. Spur is short, 2-3 mm long, straight, obtuse. Leaves are kidney shaped, 1-3 cm wide with rounded toothed margin, and have long stalks. Yellow Wood Violet is found on open slopes, shrubberies and forests in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 2400-4500 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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