Impatiens inconspicua Benth. ex Wight & Arn., Prodr. fl. Ind. orient. 139. 1834;
Tiny Balsam;

Flaccid glabrous herbs. Leaves distantly serrate, basal ones ovate, upper linear, sparsely hairy above, glabrous below. Flowers solitary or pairs, 1 cm long. Pedicels slender, pubescent, to 1 cm long. Sepals linear, subulate with terminal lobes of wings broadly obovate, clawed, laterals linear. Lip saccate. Spur 0, Seeds globose, black, shining.  

Flowering and fruiting: September-December
Western Ghats
(From India Biodiversity Portal (Impatiens inconspicua Benth ex. Wight & Arn. var. inconspicua)

Please help me to identify this Impatiens sp. Commonly seen near wet rocks and moist places of high altitudes.
Height: 15-20 cm
Leaf: up to 2 cm long
Flower: 0.7 cm across
Date: 20 Oct 2012
Place: near Avalanche, Nilgiris, TN
Alt.: 2200 m asl

I had seen with similar leaves at Kaas (not sure if this is same or not), called Impatiens lawii

The flower size is larger than the leaf size in all the pictures (Kass week & flowersofindia); my plant has smaller flowers. I think the leaf shape is highly variable in this species.

Good photos indeed. At first look, it appears to be Impatiens inconspicua Bth. but surely belongs to I. inconspicua – I. pusilla complex. This is also available at Bababudans in Karnataka which Hook.f. has called I. inconspicua var. nematostachys. For more details see my book on Impatiens of Western Ghats.

Balsaminaceae, Geraniaceae and Oxalidaceae Week: Balsaminaceae :: Impatiens inconspicua Mulshi Pune: 4 images.
Impatience inconspicua.

Observed near Mulshi Pune.
Leaves 3-4cm
Flower less than a cm.

Nice set of photographs.

This tiny Impatiens is lying in my unidentified folder. This is also from the W.Ghats of TN. Please help to id this.

It looks similar to Impatiens herbicola

This balsam with small flower and spurless lip leans more towards Impatiens inconspicua. ‘Annuae’ group of balsams in Western Ghats are the most difficult ones to identify. The lobed or unlobed nature of wing petals, presence or absence of dorsal auricle, presence or absence of spur are the main key characters used to distinguish different species. Especially, I. inconspicua species complex forms the toughest group. The place of occurrence is another important clue as most of them are endemic. If you happen to remember where it was located pls let me know.

…, we located this plant in the Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve on the way to Upper Kodaiyar Dam, if I remember correctly. I am sorry that I am unable to provide more details as I currently have no access to the samples and other details.


Oxalidaceae Week: Balsaminaceae – Impatiens for ID : Nilgiris : 090313 : MK 005 : Attachments (9). 6 posts by 3 authors.

Kindly help me to identify this small balsam found commonly in driblets of Nilgiris.
The herb height was not more than 20 cm anywhere. the leaves were of < 3 cm long; flower didn’t exceed 1 cm across.
Location: Mukruthi NP, Nilgiris, TN
Alt.: 2300 m asl
Date: 19 Oct 2012

It is Impatiens inconspicua.

ANMAR24/45 Impatiens inconspicua : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)

Family: Balsaminaceae
Date: September 2014
Place: Chikamagalur, Karnataka
Habit: Herb
Identified by: …

ANSEPT38/38 Impatiens inconspicua Benth. ex Wight & Arn. : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Family: Balsaminaceae
Date: 24th September 2015
Place: Chikamagalur, Karnataka

Habit: Herb


Fwd: Regarding Impatiens inconspicua : 1 post by 1 author.

I was looking through my folders to upload photos to FOI and I found this photo for I. inconspicua there. One of the characters that lead away from I. inconspicua is that there is no spur which is very much present in your photo.  I request you to please check again.
In this regard, I found the following posts on eflora that have wrongly been identified as I. inconspicua:
1) efi thread 1
2) efi thread 2
3) efi thread 3
4) efi thread 4
I have just posted clear photos of I. inconspicua now.
I was with Bhaskar sir on a trip and he identified it on the spot for me, so there is no ambivalence in the identity. I did not want to inform senior members in the above posts that there may be a doubt in the identity and hence told you instead.
Once you have checked all of this, kindly also inform … on FOI regarding this. I have sent in the photos to FOI just now as well.

TSPOCT2015-28: Images of Impatiens inconspicua shared : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5) 

It is my pleasure to share a few images of Impatiens inconspicua (Balsaminaceae)
Habit: Terrestial herb
Habitat: Evergreen forest fringe
Sighting: Mullaianagiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1700 msl
Date: 08-09-2015

Such a cuute impatiens  

Impatiens for identification, mm1 03112018 : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

Impatiens for identification
this was ver similar to Impaties brevicomis in size and habit
would very much appreciate any help in identification of this species
Eravikulam WLS,
Munnar, Kerala, in the Nilgiris
First week of October 2018

Thanks, …,  It is some other species.

Pl. check comparative images at

Many thanks for the suggestion. I shall follow it up

Looks very uniue these beauties.

This looks suspiciously like Impatiens inconspicua

Leaves look a bit longer for the suggested species at

this is the closest I got taking into consideration the Eravikulam flora list,
as well as the data on eflora

Impatiens inconspicua Benth. ex Wight & Arn.  GBIF FoPI

Is not my earlier suggestion of Impatiens inconspicua not correct ?

Yes, appears correct.


Help with the ID of Hypericum from Mullayaiangiri Bababudangiri Road-GS10022022-4: 5 high res. images.
This Impatiens photographed from along Mullayaiangiri Bababudangiri Road on 26-9-2015 and lying in my folders as I. inconspicua but after seeing this post by …, I wish to get it validated/identified. Please help
Fwd: Regarding Impatiens inconspicua (

I guess ID is correct !


329 ID wild Impatiens: 8 high res. images.
Please ID Impatiens,
Location: near Vannappuram, Thodupuzha, Idukki Dist., Kerala PIN:685607
Altitude: 1500 fsl
Flower date: 16.06.2022, 01.15 pm
Habitat: wild, moisture, rocky misty hill, wind
Plant habit: miniature shrub, erect, branches, weak fleshy stem 05 mm base diameter, annual
Height: 08 cm
Leaves: opposite, oblong, apex, fleshy soft glossy, serrated margins, size upto: 06×0.6 cm
Flower: axillary, 02 petals, diameter: 05 mm, white, non fragrant
Fruit: capsule ovoid green, size:03.5×2mm

Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x

Impatiens herbicola Hook.fil.

Yes, it is Impatiens herbicola, thank you very much dear … for ID my plant,

I think it is more closer to images at Impatiens inconspicua rather than those at Impatiens herbicola

Yes, it is Impatiens inconspicua, dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant,


GRIN  Flowers of India  India Biodiversity Portal (Impatiens inconspicua Benth ex. Wight & Arn. var. inconspicua)  The Plant List (Impatiens inconspicua Benth.- Unresolved)  plant illustrations  Wikimedia Commons  impatiens inconspicua – Flickr: Search

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