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Impatiens parasitica Beddome in Madras J. Lit. Sci. ser. 2. 20: 66. t. 7. f. 2. 1859 & Icon. t. 140. 1868 - 74. I. jerdoniae Wight var. parasitica (Beddome) Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 460. 1874.


Herbs, succulent, perennial; stems moniliform, 10 - 25 cm long, green or purple, internodes swollen. Leaves crowded at ends of branches, elliptic, acute, serrate, with glandular cilia at base, 3 - 7 x 2 - 3 cm; petioles 2 - 6 cm long. Peduncles axillary, up to 3.5 cm long, bearing 1 - 3 flowers; pedicels ca 5 cm long. Lateral sepals linear, green with a foliaceous crest. Lip saccate; spur ca 5 mm across the mouth, recurved at tip. Standard dorsally winged, green. Wings yellow, 2-lobed, concealed under lip. Capsules gibbous, glabrous; seeds numerous, small.

Fl. & Fr. June - Nov.

Distrib. India: Epiphytic on tree trunks in hills, 1000 - 2000 m. Tamil Nadu (Anamalai and High Wavy Mountains) and Kerala (luukki and Palakkau hills).

Endemic in Southern W. Ghats.





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