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Impatiens neo-barnesii C. Fischer in Bull. Misc. Inform. 1930: 330. 1930 & Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1869. 1935. I. barnesii C. Fischer in Bull. Misc. Inform. 1930: 153 - 154. 1930 non Hook. f. 1909.


Herbs, epiphytic, acaulescent, delicate, pendulous; bulbs small, globose. Leaves 1 - 2, ovate or elliptic-ovate, rounded at base, more or less unequal-sided, acute or subacute at apex, remotely denticulate along margins, 2 - 8 x 1.3 - 3.6 cm, sparsely pilose above, glabrous. Scapes delicate, glabrous, 4 - 5 cm long, few-flowered; bracts lanceolate or ovate, subacute; pedicels ca 1.5 cm long. Flowers cream-coloured or almost white, 2 - 2.5 cm long. Lateral sepals ovate-falcate, 5 mm long. Lip ovate-oblong or suborbicular, rotund, base shortly saccate at base, 1 - 1.2 cm long. Petals delicate. Wings 2-lobed 1.75 - 2.3 cm long; upper lobes oblong, obtuse, ca 7 mm long; distal lobes oblong-lanceolate, obtuse or shortly emarginate, ca 1.5 cm long. Capsules ellipsoid, acute, ca 8 mm long.

Fl. & Fr. July - Sept.

Distrib. India: W. Ghats; on moss-covered tree trunks in wet shola forests at about 2,200 m. Tamil Nadu.

Endemic to Nilgiri hills (Kundah Range - Nilgiri Peak, Makurti).




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