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Himalayan Balsam

Impatiens glandulifera


Growing on a riverbank.


Native to the Himalayas, this plant was introduced across most of the Northern hemisphere by human interference. Other common names include: the Policeman's Helmet, Bobby Tops, Copper Tops, and Gnome's Hatstand which originate from the flowers being hat-shaped. The names Himalayan Balsam and Kiss-me-on-the-mountain arise from the fact that the plant originates in the Himalayan mountains. In the UK it grows along most river systems and is considered a weed.

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Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Spotted on Sep 28, 2013
Submitted on Oct 15, 2013

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