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Some variety of Impatiens
Lower himalayan forests in Sikkim India
Congrats on the amazing find. I saw the photo on Mashable and new I had to join Project Noah!
Hey Emma, still can't beleive the fact that my picture was the first ever photo of this flower. Thanks for the wishes. Without the help of the community here I would have never known what flower it was for real. I was strongly under the impression of this being some sort of an orchid. So a big deserving thanks goes to the community of enthusiasts and professional here too who helped ID this plant.
"Some noteworthy discoveries have already been made through Project Noah, such as the first known photograph of the Impatiens plant, spotted by Dipanshu Mitra, in Sikkim, India. The flower had previously only been captured through illustrations"Congratulations Dipanshu. This was quoted in Mashable tech for "the first known photograph of the impatiens plant"Quite an amazing discovery!!!!!
I love the story of this Spotting, thanks for sharing it with us!
Hi Yasser,Thanks for your comments. This is the only picture I took of this flower when travelling thru Sikkim a couple of years back, probably because I didn't quite spot another one as pretty.
Hi dipanshu! Do you have any more photos of this beautiful Impatiens!? We'd all love to see more!
Hi craigwilliams, thanks for helping ID this flower. Although you are right about this being some variety of Impatiens, I've not been able to confirm if this is indeed Pradhanii since there seems to be any images to verify with.
Yep, I noticed that, but was hoping that the messages were still being sent to his email & that he might see them.
His last spotting was posted on April 24th 2011. Since then he has not been around!! That probably explains.
It would also be great if you could acknowledge if you are receiving these messages, as the information on the spotting needs to be edited. Thanks once again for submitting this wonderful plant, it is a treat to see!
Derick Pitman has identified this species as Impatiens pradhanii (an annual Jewelweed) based on the drawings and description in the Flora of Bhutan, which also covers Sikkim. He is pretty sure of the identification but if you have any more photos of the plant which you could add, they would help him to be certain. It's tough to give you a decent reference to confirm the ID as there don't seem to be any pictures of Impatiens pradhanii online apart from this! Here is Derrick's website:http://www.mrimpatiens.com/index.htm
OK, so now I know there are only two genera in Balsaminaceae and the other, Hydrocera, only has one species! So back to looking at Impatiens.......
Can't find any Impatiens like this in Flowers of India but I'm still thinking Balsaminaceae at least! Exotic maybe?
This is very beautiful and I can see why you might think it's an orchid but it isn't. I could well be an Impatiens species though and I'd really like to know which.
guess I was lucky to get this shot. while trekking up the trail we were being drenched in mist. when we got to the top at the uttarey forest barrack the place was wet and dripping as you see in the picture.
never seen an orchid even remotely like that. like how you caught the water droplets...
Lat: 27.73, Long: 88.63
Spotted on Oct 13, 2010 Submitted on Apr 22, 2011
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