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Impatiens latiflora Hook. f. & Thomson in J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 4: 139. 1860; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 459. 1874 & in Rec. Bot. Surv. India 4: 12. 1905.


Herbs, glabrous, or pubescent; stems branched. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate, usually cuneate at base, caudate-acuminate at apex, shallowly crenate along margins, with filiform appendages scarce, 7.5 - 17.5 x 3 - 5 cm, greenish above, greyish beneath, pubescent; lateral nerves 6 - 14 pairs; petiole up to 4 cm, puberulous, stipular glands absent. Flowers 2 - 3, ca 6 cm across, pale rose or violet or bright red; bracts linear or lanceolate, 1 - 2 mm long; pedicels stout, 1 - 2.5 cm long. Lateral sepals ovate, acute, ca 8 mm long. Lip shallowly and obliquely navicular, 2.5 - 5 cm long, yellowish, spurred; spur abruptly constricted, filiform, straight, 2 - 4.5 cm long. Standard suborbicular-obcordate, acutely pointed at apex, dorsally crested, ca 1.5 x 1.3 cm long. Wings red-violet; basal lobes elliptic-oblong; distal lobes elliptic-obovate, emarginate. Capsules turgid in middle, constricted at both ends, glabrous.

Fl. & Fr. Aug. - Nov.

Distrib. India: E. Himalayas, 600 - 1250 m. Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya.

Bhutan.




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