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Impatiens minor (DC.) Bennet in Indian J. For. 2: 283. 1979. Balsamina minor DC., Prodr. 1: 140. 1874. Impatiens kleinii Wight & Arn., Prodr. Fl. Pen. Ind. Or. 140. 1834; Wight, Icon. t. 884.1884-85; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. lndia 1: 445. 1874 & in Bull. Misc. Inform. 1910: 293. 1910.


Annuals, 15 - 60 cm high; stems slender, branched, flaccid. Leaves opposite, elliptic-lanceolate, oblong or obovate, acute or acuminate at apex, 2 - 7 x 1 - 2.5 cm, serrulate, glabrous or pilose above, glaucous beneath; stipules sometimes with 2 glands; petioles up to 1 cm long or rarely sessile. Flowers ca 8 mm across, axillary, solitary or binate, pink; pedicels ca 1.2 cm long, filiform, deflexed in fruits. Lateral sepals linear, subulate, 2 - 3 mm long, 1 - 3-nerved. Spur slender, longer than wings, greenish. Standard orbicular, keeled on dorsal side, ca 8 mm across. Wings obovate, entire, clawed. Capsules ellipsoid, beaked, ca 1.2 cm long; seeds globose, black, shining.

Fl. & Fr. June - Nov.

Distrib. India: In damp situations and crevices of rocks of West Coast and W. Ghats, 100 - 1800 m. Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Endemic.




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