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Impatiens tomentosa Heyne ex Wight & Arn., Prodr. Fl. Pen. Ind. Or. 139. 1834; Wight, Icon. t. 749. 1844; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 449. 1824.


Erect herbs, 30 - 45 cm high; stems rufescent-hairy above. Leaves opposite, elliptic to ovate-oblong, obtuse or acute at apex, serrulate, 1.2 - 3 x 0.6 - 1.2 cm, hispid above, scabrid and tomentose on nerves beneath; petioles ca 3 mm long. Flowers 0.8 - 1 cm across, axillary, solitary, pink; pedicels 2 - 2.5 cm long, deflexed in fruit, hairy. Lateral sepals linear-lanceolate, ciliate. Lip deeply saccate, hairy outside; spur short, hooked. Standard orbicular,apiculate, keeled on dorsal side. Wings bilobed; basal lobes oblong; distal lobes rotundate, larger than basal ones. Capsules ellipsoid, ca 1.2 cm long; seeds subglobose.

Fl. & Fr. June - Feb.

Distrib. India: In boggy places and swamps of W. Ghats, 1400 - 2300 m. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Endemic.




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