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Impatiens pulchra Hook. f. & Thomson in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 4: 139. 1860; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 459. 1874 & in Rec. Bot. Surv. India 4: 12. 1905; Biswas, Pl. Darj. Sikkim Himal. 1. 205. 1966.


Herbs, erect, 10 - 30 cm high; stems sparsely branched. Leaves alternate, oblong to elliptic or lanceolate-elliptic, shortly attenuate into petiole at base, acuminate at apex, shallowly crenate to crenate-dentate along margins, 2 - 15 x 1.7 - 4 cm, dark-green above, paler beneath; petiole 1 - 3 cm long; lateral nerves 8 - 12 pairs; petiole 5 - 15 mm, stout, glabrous. Flowers rose-straw coloured or purplish-pink with dark-red streaks; peduncles 1 - 2-flowered; bracts on top of peduncle, lanceolate, 2 - 5 mm long; pedicels ca 2 cm long. Lateral sepals 2, ovate, acute to acuminate, 6 - 10 x 4 - 7 mm, green. Lip funnel-shaped, 1 - 1.5 x 0.8 - 1.2 cm; spur abruptly constricted, filiform, curved, 1.3 - 2.5 cm long. Standard suborbicular, acutely crested on back, ca 1.6 x 1 cm. Wings broad, 2 - 2.8 cm long; basal lobes elliptic-oblong, ca 1.3 x 1 cm; distal lobes narrowly elliptic to semiovate, obtuse, ca 1.9 x 1.1 cm. Capsules turgid in middle, narrowed at both ends, 1 - 1.3 cm, glabrous.

Fl. & Fr. Sept. - Nov.

Distrib. India: E. Himalayas, ca 1200 - 1500 m. W. Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya.

Nepal and Myanmar.




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