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Impatiens ligulata Beddome in Madras J. Lit. Sci. ser. 2. 4: 67, t. 7, f. 6. 1859 & Icon. t. 149. 1868 - 74; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 446. 1874.

Erect herbs, 30 - 60 cm high; branches slender, spreading. Leaves opposite, subsessile, linear-lanceolate, mucronate, serrate, 7.5 - 10 cm long, hispid above; stipules setaceous or absent. Flowers solitary or in fascicles, pink or white; pedicels slender, ca 3.5 cm long. Lateral sepals linear-lanceolate. Lip saccate; spur stout, ca 2 cm long, undulate. Standard small, with a pubescent line on dorsal side. Wings 2-lobed; distal lobes slender; dorsal auricle filiform, descending into spur. Capsules ellipsoid; seeds ca 12, shining.

Fl. & Fr. July - Oct.

Distrib. India: Southern W. Ghats. Tamil Nadu and Kerala.


Notes. According to J.D. Hooker (l.c. 1874) this plant has "broad almost hatchet shaped" basal lobes of wings. However, he contradicted it by stating, the basal lobes of wings absent in Rec. Bot. Surv. India 4: 46. 1906.

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