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Impatiens viridiflora Wight in Madras J. Lit. Sci. ser. 1. 5: 9. 1837; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 460. 1974.


Herbs, erect, glabrous, epiphytic on tree-trunks; stems fleshy, thick,ca 2.5 cm across; branches few, short, nodose. Leaves congested at ends of branches, elliptic, sometimes ovate, obovate or lanceolate, acute at apex, crenate-serrate, crenatures large with a few glandular cilia at base, 3 - 5 cm long, fleshy; petiole stout. Peduncles axillary, two, rarely one. Flowers completely green, ca 2.5 cm along with lip. Lateral sepals reflexed or deflexed, linear-oblong, acuminate. Lip saccate, narrowed into a stout involute spur; spur wrinkled, green, laterally compressed. Standard orbicular, 2-lobed, strongly keeled on back. Wings fleshy, 2-lobed; basal lobes concealed under standard, distal lobes oblong, rounded. Capsules glabrous.

Fl. & Fr. Sept.

Distrib. India: On tree-trunks at an altitude of 1,350 m. Tamil Nadu (Sivagiri hills).

Endemic to Tirunelveli hills of Southern W. Ghats.





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