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Impatiens gardeneriana Wight, Icon. t. 1050. 1846; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 445. 1874 & in Rec. Bot. Surv. India 4: 46. 1906. I. setosa Hook. f. & Thomson in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 4: 123. 1860; Hook. f., Pl. Brit. India 1: 445. 1874.


Annuals, 30 - 60 cm high; stems procumbent or creeping at base, simple or branched with cilia at upper nodes. Leaves opposite and whorled, upper sessile, ovate-oblong or elliptic-lanceolate, cuneate or rounded at base, acuminate at apex, serrate, ciliate towards base of margins, 3 - 12 x 1 - 4 cm, sparsely pubescent; petioles 1.2 - 2.5 cm long, sparsely pubescent. Flowers axillary, solitary, binate or in fascicles, ca 2.5 cm across, bright red or pink; pedicels filiform, 2 - 3.5 cm long, glabrous. Lateral sepals ovate, acuminate, apiculate, ciliate on margins. Lip cymbiform; spur slender, curved upwards, 1.5 - 1.8 cm long. Standard suborbicular-obovate, apiculate, keeled on dorsal side. Wings 2-lobed; lobes obovate, subequal; distal lobes comparatively larger.

Fl. & Fr. July - Dec.

Distrib. India: Evergreen forests and slopes of southern W. Ghats, 500 - 1400 m. Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Endemic.




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