Impatiens flaccida Arn., Compan. Bot. Mag. 1:322. 1836 (syn: Impatiens latifolia Hook. (ambiguous synonym));
S-India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius (I), Runion (I) as per Catalogue of life;
Common name: Pink Orchid Balsam

Annual erect herbs. Leaves alternate, usually fascicled towards the apex of stem, lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, base cuneate, glabrescent above and pubescent along the veins beneath, crenate, to 7 x 3.5 cm; petioles to 4 cm long. Flowers axillary, solitary or in groups of 2 or 3; pedicels to 4 cm long. Sepals ovate-lanceolate 4 mm long. Standard petal broadly obcordate, 1.2 x 1.5 cm; wing petals obovate; spur to 3 cm long.

Flowering and fruiting: July-October
Moist deciduous forests
South India and Sri Lanka


Request for ID -250310SC2 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Posting a photo for Id. Kindly help in identifying.
Date / Time – 18 th Jan. 2010 / 03.30 pm.
Location – Place /Altitude / GPS –  Horton Plains, Sri Lanka. About  2100mt. above sea-level
Habitat – Garden/ Urban/ Wild / Type – Wild
Plant Habit – Tree/Shrub / Climber /Herb –A small shrub
Height /Length – About 2-3 ft.
Leaves Type / Shape / Size – oblong-obovate, serrate
Inflorescence Type /Size –
Flowers Size /Colour /Calyx – Lavander

This Plant is Impatiens flaccida Arn. from the family Balsaminaceae a very common wild plant in Sri Lanka.




Mahabaleshwar, MH :: Impatiens for ID :: ARK2020-082 : 4 posts by 2 authors. 4 correct images.

Seen this ornamental in a resort in Mahabaleshwar, MH in March 2020.
I guess this is Impatiens hawkeri based on efi pics.
Requested to please validate.

Yes. May be Impatiens hawkeri 

I think white ones are I. flaccida and red ones I. hawkeri.


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