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Impatiens oppositifolia L., Sp. Pl. 937. 1753; Wight, Icon. t. 883. 1844; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 448. 1874.


Erect annuals, up to 60 cm high; branches slender, glabrous. Leaves opposite, subsessile, linear-oblong, serrate, 2.5 - 7 cm long, glabrous or sparsely hairy above; stipules subulate. Flowers ca 1.2 cm across, axillary, solitary or in fascicles, pinkish; pedicels slender, elongate, glabrous. Lateral sepals lanceolate-linear, apiculate. Lip saccate; spur stout, short, incurved. Standard orbicular. Wings 3-lobed; basal lobes falcate; distal lobes obovate, larger than basal ones, clawed. Capsules ellipsoid, 1 - 1.25 cm long; seeds subglobose, blackish.

Fl. & Fr. July - Oct.

Distrib. India: In open grasslands and pastures of W.Ghats, up to 600 m. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Sri Lanka.




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