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Impatiens aliciae C. Fischer in Bull. Misc. Inform. 1934: 389. 1934 & Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 11: 1870. 1935; Barnes in J. Indian Bot. Soc. 18: 100. 1939; Bhaskar & Razi in Indian J. For. 1: 72. 1978; B.D. Sharma et al., Fl. Karnataka 37. 1984.

Herbs, annual, often procumbent, 20 - 35 cm high; stems slender, glabrous, branched; internodes 5 - 7 cm long; rootstock short, horizontal, woody, rootlets fibrous. Leaves opposite, subsessile, linear or narrowly elliptic, base tapering and minutely toothed, basal 1 - 3 on either side sometimes elongated and glandular or with a pair of short linear stipular glands, 2.5 - 10 x 0.25 - 0.9 cm, glabrous or minutely papillose-hispidulous, dark green above, glabrous or glaucous beneath; midnerve subprominent below, lateral nerves indistinct. Flowers axillary, solitary or binate, pink or white with purple streaks; bracts minute; pedicels capillary, 1.5 - 2 cm long, erect in flower, deflexed and up to 2.5 cm in fruit. Lateral sepals linear-oblong, acute, ca 4 mm long. Lip cymbiform, subacute, ca 7 mm long, pink; spur tubular, saccate, obtuse, ca 3 mm long. Standard oblate, more or less plicate and keeled, apex slightly emarginate, sometimes minutely apiculate, 4 - 5 mm long, pink, darker at centre. Wings ca 1 cm long; distal lobes larger, obovate, deep-pink with a splash of purple-crimson streaks on inner side; dorsal auricle about half as long as wing, strap-shaped, its edge folded into form a tube near the green, spoon-shaped apex, two auricles descending into spur with their concave sides facing each other. Capsules ellipsoid, acuminate, ca 1 cm long, glabrous; seeds subglobose, 10 - 20, 2.5 - 3 mm long, black, glabrous, shining.

Fl. & Fr. July - Sept.

Distrib. India: On grassy slopes between 600 - 800 m. Karnataka and Kerala.


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