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Impatiens chandrasekharanii Chandrab. in J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 75: 901. 1978 (1979).


Scapigerous herbs; rootstock tuberous with fibrous roots. Leaves radical; lamina suborbicular in outline, palmately 3 - 9-lobed; lobes oblong-obovate or obovate, 1.5 - 5 x 0.3 - 1.5 cm, membranous, divided into lobules; lobules emarginate, palmately 3 - 5-nerved; petioles 1 - 6 cm long. Scape 3 - 20 cm long, erect. Flowers in racemes, 0.8 - 1.2 cm across, white with pink tinge; pedicels 0.7 - 2 cm long; bracts ovate-oblong. Lateral sepals ovate-oblong, subacute, ca 2 x 1.2 mm. Lip broadly ovate, concave, ca 3. mm long; spur cylindric, ca 3 mm long. Standard suborbicular, 2 - 3 x 4 - 5 mm, membranous, keeled at centre. Wings 3-lobed; lobes oblong-obovate, subequal, ca 4 x 2 mm. Capsules ellipsoid.

Fl. & Fr. July.

Distrib. India: Southern W. Ghats on tree-trunks and wet rocks in evergreen forests. Tamil Nadu (Anamalais).

Endemic.

Notes. This is the only Indian Impatiens with palmately-lobed leaves.




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