Guardian Nature School Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! visit nature school

Handsome Flowered Balsam

Impatiens pulcherrima

Description:

True to its name, Handsome Flowered Balsam is one of the finest of the Indian Balsams. It is an annual herb, 40-60 cm tall, with erect succulent stems, swollen at nodes. Alternately arranged elliptic membranous leaves are 7-12 cm long. Leaf margins are serrated, and the leaft stalk is 2-4 cm. Flowers occur in leaf axils, on stalks 5-8 cm long, 2-3 together. Violet purple flowers are 4-5 cm across. Standard petal is round, notched, spurred at the back. Wing petals are broad. Lip is short, boat-shaped. Spur is long and curved. Capsules 1.5 cm long. Occurs on slopes of forested hills above 1000 m. Unlike other balsams, this one is not geragrious. Flowering: August-October.

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

No Comments

JigneshShirke
Spotted by
JigneshShirke

Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Nov 13, 2011
Submitted on Nov 13, 2011

Spotted for Mission

Related Spottings

Parrot Impatiens Impatiens pink impatiens Impatiens

Nearby Spottings

Nettle Caterpillar Skink Spotting Spotting
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors