Persian Violet (Exacum affine)

This is a common species on Socotra, wherever there is water, which translates to cracks and crevices, often on vertical canyon walls (wadis) were there is water seepage, and alongside streams, springs and pools. If you take care and use your sense of smell, you will sense the sweet scent of it before you see it. In particular if there are many growing together.

This location had a considerable number of individuals growing alongside a pool, and further upstream between boulders and rocks, it was here I first noticed the sensational scent from afar and followed it until I realized where it came from.

Native range is Socotra and southwest Oman

Persian Violet (Exacum affine)

Last updated on 24 February 2024