M. QAISER & SAOOD OMER
Viola cinerea* auct. non Boiss.: Hook. f. & Thorns.
Small annual, glabrous to glaucous herb, upto 35 cm high. Roots simple, unbranched; stem simple often branched from base, branches spreading. Leaves opposite, 1.5-5.5 x 1-2.0 cm; ovate to spathulate, often winged to the base, mucronulate-obtuse, stipulate, stipules linear-lanceolate, 3.0-9.0 x 1-2 mm, setaceous, acuminate, lower 2-3-fid; peduncle glabrous, upto 3.5 cm long; bracteoles 2, opposite, near the summit of peduncle, 24.0 x 1-2 mm, setaceous, acuminate, entire. Flowers small, 2-5 mm long, bluish-white with blue stripes; sepals 2-5 x 1-2 mm; lanceolate, entire, acuminate, membranous, petals 5;4 equal in size, 3.0-6.5 x 2-4 mm, oblanceolate-oblong, obtuse, striated; lateral longer, 3.0-7.5 x 3.0-5 mm, oblanceolate, obtuse, entire; spur small, c. 1-2 mm long, straight, obtusish. Ovary 1-2 mm. long; ovate, glabrous, style capitate, 1.0-1.75 mm long. Capsule glabrous, elliptic to lanceolate, 3.0-7.0 mm long, mostly 12-seeded; seeds obovoid, smooth, shiny, creamish brown.
Fl. Per.: February-May.
Syntypes: Hab. in Afghania and Bolan Griffith; in Belutschia Stocks (G).
Distribution: Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Iran.