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Impatiens wightiana Beddome in Madras J. Lit. Sci. ser. 2. 20: 67. 1858 & Icon. 30. t. 146. 1868 - 1874; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 467. 1875.


Herbs, erect, suffruticose, branched, rooting at lower nodes. Leaves alternate, lanceolate, unequal at base, acuminate at apex, bristly, serrate, 5 - 18 x 1.5 - 4.5 cm, glabrous or glabrescent, lineolate; petiole with numerous stalked glands towards apex, up to 8 cm long. Peduncles axillary, solitary, little longer than petioles. Flowers white, mottled with pink, ca 1 cm across, in axillary racemes, up to 11 cm long. Lateral sepals small. Lip funnel-shaped; spur short, hooked. Standard orbicular, ovate, apiculate with a green dorsal ridge. Capsules ovoid, trapezoid, acute with a pointed tip, glabrous; seeds 4 - 5, hairy.

Fl. & Fr. June - Sept.

Distrib. India: A rare species confined to Anamalai range and Anaimudi, Devico-lam High Range in moist sholas and banks of streams in dense evergreen forests between 1000 m to 1500 m altitude in Southern W. Ghats. Kerala.

Endemic.




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