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Impatiens inconspicua Benth. ex Wight & Arn., Prodr. Fl. Pen. Ind. Or. 139. 1834; Wight, Icon. t. 970. 1845; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 447. 1874. I. inconspicua Benth. ex Wight & Arn. var. filiformis (Wight & Arn.) Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 448. 1874. I. inconspicua Benth. ex Wight & Arn. var. ramosissima (Dalz.) Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 448. 1874. I. pusilla var. nemaloslachys Hook. f. in Bull. Misc. Inform. 1910: 294. 1910.


Small annuals, 10 - 32 cm high, much branched from base; stems erect, rigid, filiform. Leaves variable, ovate or ovate-lanceolate, rounded or acute at base, serrate, 2 - 5 x 0.5 - 1.5 cm, coriaceous, glabrous above, glaucous beneath; upper usually petioled, lower subsessile; stipules setaceous or absent. Flowers small, usually 2 - 3, fascicled, pink; pedicels with a line of pubescence, axillary, shorter than leaves. Lateral sepals linear-subulate. Lip saccate, acuminate; spur absent or very minute. Wings with distal lobes broadly rhomboid, obovate, clawed; basal lobes small. Capsules ca 1 cm long, turgid in middle, acute at both ends; seeds few, globose, little compressed, black, shining.

Fl. & Fr. Aug. - Oct.

Distrib. India: In ghats of Western Peninsula in grasslands and rock crevices. Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Endemic.

Chromosome no. 2n = 16 (Bhaskar, V. in Taxon 25: 155 - 164. 1976).




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