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Impatiens rufescens Benth. ex Wight & Arn., Prodr. Fl. Pen. Ind. Or. 138. 1834; Wight, Icon. t. 963. 1845; C. Fischer in Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1871. 1935 I. tomentosa Heyne ex Wight & Arn. var. rufescens (Benth. ex Wight & Arn.) Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 449. 1874.


Herbs, 10 - 25 cm high; stems erect, glabrous. Leaves opposite, shortly petioled, elliptic or cordate-obovate, acute or acuminate at apex, serrate, hispid above, hairy on nerves beneath. Flowers axillary, solitary or in pairs, ca 1.8 cm across, rose-pink or purplish; pedicels about the length of leaves, villous. Lateral sepals linear, smaller than wings. Lip saccate, without spur. Standard orbicular, apiculate. Wings 2-lobed; basal lobes rounded, distal lobes larger than basal ones. Capsules ovoid.

Fl. & Fr. Not known.

Distrib. India: In swampy and marshy places, 1400 - 1500 m. Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Endemic.




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