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Impatiens rheedii Wight & Arn., Prodr. Fl. Pen. Ind. Or. 138. 1834; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 140. 1915.

Annuals, erect; stems slender, flaccid. Leaves opposite, oblong-lanceolate, attenuate at base, acute at apex, crenate-serrate along margins, 7.5 - 12.5 cm long, sparsely hairy. Flowers axillary, solitary or in fascicles, pink or mauve with dark streaks; pedicels 2.5 - 4 cm long, deflexed in fruits. Lateral sepals oblong or linear, caducous. Lip concave, subequal to petals; spurs longer than flowers, subulate. Wings oblong, clawed, entire or with minute basal lobes. Capsules oblong, ca 1.8 cm long.

Fl. & Fr. Not known.

Distrib. India: "W. Ghats in Malabar at low elevations (Barber, Bourne)"- Gamble (1915). Kerala.


Notes. It was included by Gamble (l.c.) based on collections of Barber and Bourne. It has not been recollected since then. J.D. Hooker has not mentioned this species neither in Fl. Brit. India Vol. 1: 1874 nor in Rec. Bot. Surv. India Vol. 4: 1904.

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