Viola serpens - Banpsha (Click to enlarge)

Viola serpens – Banpsha (Click to enlarge)

Local name Banafsha
Botanical name Viola serpens
Family Violaceae
Description and uses It is an erect annual herb, flowers white or pale-violet. Capsule ellipsoid. The best season of flowering and fruiting is May-July.   It is common in moist slopes, in Tirthan valley at an altitude of 2000-3600m. The Herb is diaphoretic and antipyretic; Flowers are used to treat cough, sore throat, kidney diseases, Liver disorders and infantile affection. Locally the decoction of herb is given in cough and cold.