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Impatiens capensis


Interesting plant, approximately four- to six feet high, featuring red-speckled yellow-orange flowers. Related Resources: "Jewelweed flowers and fruit" (one of my Project Noah spottings) See also, "Jewelweed" -- the well-documented spotting by Noah Ranger, Dan Doucette. Thanks for help in identifying this plant, Dan!


The plant covered a broad area in a clearing of a deciduous forest, between two forks of an intermittent stream running through the "Wildlife Sanctuary," one of seven small parks owned and maintained by the Community Association of Hollin Hills, Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


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Geodialist 11 years ago

Pop goes the Jewelweedle! But seriously, you piqued my curiosity. Please take a look at my follow-up post: I think I see the "fat green seed pods" you described, but I'm not completely sure. Please annotate one of my photos (highlight one or more seed pods) and send the photo to: If you're an Apple Mac user, then "Preview" is a simple tool that could be used to annotate the photo. Thanks for the extra effort on my behalf, Ashley! (I may revisit the site to shoot some video the popping seed pods.)

AshleyBradford 11 years ago

Nice shot of it! Also known as "Touch-me-not" - if you see any fat green seed pods, poke them to make them pop. :)

Geodialist 11 years ago

I was in a rush yesterday -- didn't notice the red speckles in the throat of the flowers, so I revisited the site today for a second look. Good catch, Dan! I shot some close-up photos that I will upload tomorrow. In the meantime, I just updated the related text for my spotting.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

I can't see a close up of the flowers but you can compare it with my spotting to be sure.

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Hybla Valley, Virginia, USA

Spotted on Sep 21, 2011
Submitted on Sep 22, 2011

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