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Impatiens herbicola Hook. f. in Bull. Misc. Inform. 1911: 354. 1911; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 141. 1915.


Succulent herbs, 20 - 40 cm high. Leaves opposite, sessile or shortly petioled, linear-lanceolate, rounded or cordate at base, acuminate at apex, serrate, 3 - 6 x 0.4 - 0.6 cm. Flowers white or pink, ca 5 mm across, axillary, solitary or in fascicles; pedicels 5 - 15 mm long, 2 - 3 cm long in fruit, erect or deflexed. Lateral sepals linear, acuminate, 4 - 5 mm long. Lip cymbiform, 4 - 5 mm long; spur absent or provided with a punch-like structure at base. Standard orbicular, ca 4 mm across, keeled at dorsal side, apiculate. Wings 7 - 8 mm long, clawed, 2-lobed; basal lobes somewhat oblong; distal lobes rotundate or semilunate; dorsal auricle prominent. Capsules ovoid, gibbous, 7 - 10 mm long, beaked, few-seeded; seeds globose, compressed, 2 - 5 mm, black, shining.

Fl. & Fr. Sept. - Nov.

Distrib. India: Southern W. Ghats on grassy slopes and in marshy places. Tamil Nadu and Kerala.




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