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Impatiens elegans Beddome in Madras J. Lit. Sci. ser. 2. 78: 67. 1859 & Icon. 29. t. 145. 1868 - 1874; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 465. 1875.

Herbs, erect, up to 40 cm high; stems glabrous, simple or branched, often rooting at lower nodes. Leaves alternate, ovate or ovate-cordate, rounded or cordate at base, acuminate, crenate with incurved bristles, 4 - 12 x 1 - 4 cm, hairy on nerves above, pale glabrous beneath; petioles up to 5 cm long. Peduncle slender, axillary and terminal. Flowers 3 - 5, umbelled or shortly racemed, ca 2.5 cm across, pale rosy-white with dark purple eye; bracts ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, recurved. Lateral sepals ovate with green ridge ending in an acumen. Lip cymbiform, very small, spur absent. Standard broad, ovate, flat with a green ridge on its back. Capsules ellipsoid, beaked, turgid in middle, ca. 1.2 cm long, glabrous; seeds subglobose, hairy.

Fl. & Fr. Jan. - May; July - Dec.

Distrib. India: Tamil Nadu (Anamallay hills Poonachi & Kadamparai 700 m to 1500 m) and Kerala (Travancore hills). Endemic.

Notes. This species is closely allied to Impatiens cordata Wight but differs from it in absence of spur.

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