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Impatiens kulamavuensis Pandurangan & V.J. Nair in Novon 5: 57 - 58. f. I. A - L. 1995.


Herbs, stoloniferous, epiphytic on tree trunks; stems short, stout, fleshy, less than 1 cm long. Leaves alternate, ovate-lanceolate, cuneate at base, acuminate at apex, entire to obscurely crenate-serrate along margins, crenules 2 - 4 mm apart, 2 - 5.5 x 1.5 - 2.5 cm, membranous, gland-dotted above, glabrous below, lateral nerves 4 - 6 pairs, indistinct; petioles gland-dotted, 2 - 7 cm long, with 2 stipitate glands near-base of blade. Inflorescence a 1 - 3-flowered raceme; peduncles 2.5 - 5 cm long; pedicels 3.5 - 5 cm long. Flowers greenish-yellow. Lateral sepals linear, 8 - 10 x 2 - 3 mm, hairy outside, glabrous inside. Lip saccate, compressed, 12 - 15 x 5 - 7 mm, glabrous; spur strongly curved, tip obtuse, 7 - 8 x 3 - 5 mm. Standard erect, orbicular to ovate, 6 -7 x 8 - 9 mm, hairy at base. Wings united close to base, 3-lobed; basal lobes smaller in size, 7 - 8 x 9 - 10 mm. Capsules ellipsoid, 10 - 12 x 4 - 5 mm,glabrous; seeds pear-shaped, smooth.

Fl. & Fr. Oct. - Dec.

Distrib. India: On moss-clad tree trunks at an altitude of 600 - 850 m. Kerala.

Endemic to Meenmutty-Kulamavu, Idukki Dt., Kerala, in W. Ghats.





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