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Impatiens modesta Wight in Madras J. Lit. Sci. ser. 1. 5: 13. 1837 & Icon. 3 (3): 6. t. 968. 1845; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 442. 1874.


Herbs, perennial, 8 - 30 cm high, epiphytic; rootstock tuberous. Leaves radical, ovate-cordate or suborbicular, acute, crenate-serrate, 2.5 - 14 x 2 - 9 cm, sparsely hairy above, glabrous and pale shining-glaucous beneath. Scape slender, erect, 10 - 20 cm long; bracts subulate, lanceolate, thickened at tips. Flowers pinkish or white ca 1 cm across in 2 - 5 cm long racemes; pedieels filiform. Upper sepals broad, obovate or suborbicular, lateral ones narrowly lanceolate or subulate, incumbent on upper. Lip shorter than petals. Standard short, broader than long, entire. Wings 3-lobed; lobes subequal, obtuse; spur short, obtuse, straight. Capsules ellipsoid, 4 - 6 mm long, acute at both ends, glabrous; seeds minute with spiral hairs.

Fl. & Fr. April - Sept.

Distrib. India: Succulent epiphytes on moss cushions or lithophytes in damp shady woods at an altitude of 800 - 2000 m in Southern W. Ghats. Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Endemic.

Chromosome no. n = 8,9,16 (Bhaskar, V. in Taxon 25 (1): 155. 1976).




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