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Impatiens rupicola Hook. f. in Bull. Misc. Inform. 1910: 292. 1910; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 140. 1915. I. rivulicola Hook. f. in Bull. Misc. Inform. 1911: 354. 1911; Gamble, l.c. I. chinensis L. var. rupicola (Hook. f.) Bhaskar in Indian J. For. 1: 172. 1978.


Herbs, 20 - 30 cm high; stems tetragonous. Leaves opposite, shortly petiolate , linear, acute or acuminate, entire or rarely very minutely serrulate, 3 - 4 cm long, coriaceous; petioles with stipitate glands at base. Flowers solitary or in 2 - 3-flowered fascicles, 0.5 - 2 cm long, rose to bluish-purple; pedicels 1 - 1.5 cm long, 2 - 2.5 cm long in fruiting, deflexed. Lateral sepals linear, acuminate, ca 1 cm long. Lip cymbiform; spur incurved, short. Standard orbicular, dorsally keeled. Wings up to 2 cm long, clawed, 2-lobed; basal lobes oblong, erect or decurved, small; distal lobes semilunate, fleshy; dorsal auricle short. Capsules ovoid, 0.8 - 1 cm long, pendulous; seeds globose, hardly 2 mm, black, shining.

Fl. & Fr. Not known.

Distrib. India: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala.

Endemic.




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