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Impatiens maculata Wight in Madras J. Lit. Sci. ser. 1. 5: 12. 1837; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 465. 1875.


Tall herbs or shrubs, up to 2 m high, slender, erect; stems and branches angled or ribbed, laxly hairy or glabrate, speckled with pinkish blotches. Leaves alternate, ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, serrate, 7.5 - 12.5 x 3 - 5 cm long, hairy on both surfaces; petiole 2.5 - 5 cm long, glanduliferous, of ten with 2 or more long-stipitate glands. Flowers in racemes, laxly many-flowered, pink or white, ca 2.5 cm long; bracts ovate, persistent. Lateral sepals ovate, acute. Lip conoid; spur slender, curved upwards, longer than petals. Standard obtuse, shorter than lateral sepals. Wings 2-lobed; distal lobes suborbicular, very large; basal ones minute, concealed. Capsules ellipsoid, 5-angled, beaked, ca 8 mm long, glabrous; seeds suborbicular, shortly hairy.

Fl. & Fr. June - Feb.

Distrib. India: Southern W. Ghats,on banks of mountain streams and marshy places between 850 m to 1800 m. Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Endemic.

Chromosome no. n = 10 (Bhaskar & Razi in 1. Mysore Univ. sec. B. 25 (1 & 2): 118. 1972 - 73 & Bhaskar, V. in Taxon 25 (1): 155. 1976).




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