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Impatiens porrecta Wallich ex Hook. f. & Thomson in 1. Linn. Soc., Bot. 4: 138. 1860; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 472. 1875 & in Rec. Bot. Surv. India 4: 26. 1905; H. Hara in H. Hara & Williams, Enum. Fl. Pl. Nepal 2: 79. 1979.


Herbs, annual, 20 - 45 cm high; stems decumbent, rooting at lower nodes, branched at basal part but generally unbranched above, succulent, pubescent; lower nodes rooting. Leaves broadly ovate to orbicular, sometimes lanceolate, slightly attenuate into petiole at base, acuminate at apex, finely crenate-serrate along margins with lowermost teeth filiform, lower surface whitish, pubescent; lateral nerves 6 - 12 pairs; petiole 1 - 2 cm long, pubescent. Flowers axillary, 1 - 3, orange-red or golden-yellow with dark-purplish red nerves at throat, ca 2.5 cm across, pubescent; peduncles from axils of subterminal leaves or extra-axillary; bracts linear, 1 - 3 mm long; pedicels slender, 1.5 - 3 cm long, pubescent. Lateral sepals ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 3 - 7 mm long, pubescent, white with red dots. Lip obliquely navicular, 3 - 5 mm long; spur abruptly constricted , filiform, 0.5 - 1.5 cm long, yellowish with red markings on back and rosy apex. Standard orbicular-obovate, shortly and acutely pointed at apex, 0.8 - 1.5 cm, reddish-yellow. Wings 1.2 - 1.7 cm long; basal lobes ovate-triangular, 5 - 7 x 3 - 4 mm, with an orange spot in middle; distal lobes suborbicular or elongate-obovate; dorsal auricle short. Capsules fusiform, 0.8 - 1.1 cm long, slightly pubescent.

Fl. & Fr. April - Nov.

Distrib. India: E. Himalayas, 1500 - 1800 m. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya.

Myanmar.





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