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Impatiens dendricola C. Fischer in Bull. Misc. Inform. 1935: 157. 1935.


Herbs, epiphytic, stemless. Leaves pendulous, membranous, elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, obtuse, minutely apiculate, rounded or more often attenuate at base, margins rather distinctly crenate, apiculate in sinuses, 1.8 - 8.2 x 1 - 3.7 cm, more or less scattered hairy on upper surface, glabrous below; midnerve and 4 - 5 pairs of nerves slender, latter ascending at a very acute angle; petiole slender, terete, 1.5 - 6.5 cm long, glabrous. Scapes 2 - 3, semi-pendulous; peduncles slender, terete, 7 - 13 cm long, glabrous. Racemes 1.5 - 4 cm long, up to 8-flowared; pedicels 1 - 2 cm long; bracts broadly ovate, obtuse, 2.5 - 3.5 mm long, glabrous. Flowars white. Lateral sepals falcate-ovate,obtuse, base deeply lobed on anterior side, ca 2.5 mm long. Lip ovate, base saccate, 5 - 5.5 x 7 - 7.5 mm, white. Wings 3-lobed, 1.6 - 1.8 cm long, white with a tuft of orange hairs a little above base; distal lobes straight, strap-shaped, rounded, ca 8 mm long; median lobes sub-circular, ca 6 mm across; basal lobe strap-shaped, slightly widened at the apex, strongly recurved, about as long as lower, spurred; spur strongly curved, clavate, 1 - 1.5 cm long, white. Capsules semi-ellipsoid, one side straight, acute 8 - 9 mm long; seeds sausage-shaped, ca 1.2 mm long, dark brown, muriculate, with a dense tuft of wrinkled hairs up to 2.5 mm long, at each end.

Fl. & Fr. Sept.

Distrib. India: On tree trunks in evergreen forests. Karnataka.

Notes. The species was described based on two specimens collected by E. Barnes and so far not recollected.




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