Stemless Pink Violet
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Stemless Pink Violet
P Native Photo: S. Jeevith
Common name: Hamilton's Violet
Botanical name: Viola hamiltoniana    Family: Violaceae (Violet family)
Synonyms: Viola alata, Viola lunata, Viola repens, Viola metziana, Viola notoniana

Hamilton's Violet is a herb with stem very short or absent. Leaves are radical, 4.5 x 5.5 cm, ovate, pointed at tip, heart-shaped at base, rounded toothed; leaf-stalk to 15 cm long, slender. Flowers arise in leaf-axils, solitary, on long flower-stalkls, white, voilet or purplish, about 1.2-1.7 cm across. flower-stalk 15-18 cm long; sepals ovate, 6 mm long, glandular, sawtoothed; petals white, lower petals 11 x 5 cm, spurred at base; other petals smaller, obovate, blunt; stamens 5, anthers fused, lowers two anthers with spurred connectives; filaments broad; ovary 1-celled, ovules many, parietal; style 1. Capsules are 5 x 3 mm, flask-shaped, hairless; seeds, many, black, rugose. Hamilton's Violet is found in Indo-Malesia. In India, it is found in the Western Ghats. It is also found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, Khasia mountain, at altitudes of 1800-2300 m.

Identification credit: S. Jeevith Photographed in The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu & Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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