Viola biflora (Click to enlarge)

Viola biflora (Click to enlarge)

Local name Banafsha
Botanical name Viola biflora
Family Violaceae
Description and uses It is an erect annual herb, upto 30cm high. Leaves reniform to broadly ovate, cordate, crenate, and glabrous to hirsute. Capsule oblong. The best season for flowering and fruiting is June to August and found occasionally in rock-crevices and amongst boulders, all valleys of GHNP at an altitude of 2400-4500m. The plant is used in the indigenous system of medicine, and is collected by the local people for sale.