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Impatiens johnii Barnes in J. Indian Bot. Soc. 18: 102. 1939.


Shrubs, erect, up to 1 m high; stems branching at base, dilated at nodes. Leaves opposite,aitemate or whorled,ovate-elliptic, acuminate, crenate-serrate, ca 13.5 x 5 cm, hairy above and on midnerve and nerves beneath; petioles up to 8 cm long, hairy. Flowers solitary, axillary, ca 4 cm long; pedicels up to 6.5 cm long, hairy; bracts lanceolate, ca 3 mm long. Lateral sepals ovate, ca 1.3 cm long, ciliate along margins. Lip cymbiform, mucronate; spur slender, up to 4 cm long, curved, crimson at lower end. Standard cymbiform, keeled on dorsal side, pink, glabrous. Wings bipartite, deep pink; distal lobes longer than basal ones. Capsules ca 2.8 cm long, beaked; seeds 5, pear-shaped, tuberculed.

Fl. & Fr. June - Sept.

Distrib. India: Southern W. Ghats, on stream beds at about 1400 m. Kerala (Kallar Valley, Idukki Dt.).

Endemic; so far known only from type locality.




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