Impatiens balsamina

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Impatiens balsamina L.
  • Common Name : Garden Balsam
  • Plant Family : Balsaminaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 6, 21, 27
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park, Van Chetana Kendra

About Impatiens balsamina Plant :

  • Habit : An annual erect, herb with stem glabrous or pubescent, slightly branched.
  • Leaves : Alternate, lanceolate, acuminate, deeply serrate, glabrous, decurrent into a glandular petiole.
  • Flowers :
    • Rose-coloured, showy, pedicellate, axillary, slender, pubescent, shorter than the leaves.
    • Sepals minute, ovate.
    • Standard small, orbicular, retuse, horned.
    • Wings broad, the lateral lobes rounded, the terminal sessile, very large.
    • Lip small, boat-shaped, mucronate.
    • Spur short or long incurved.
  • Fruit : Capsules tomentose, seeds reticulate.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : September-April
  • Significance : Grown as an ornamental plant.