Impatiens inconspicua Benth. ex Wight & Arn., Prodr. fl. Ind. orient. 139. 1834;
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
(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.
Observed near Mulshi Pune.
Nice set of photographs.
Balsaminaceae, Geraniaceae and Oxalidaceae Week : BALSAMINACEAE : RVS 8 : Impatiens sp. for ID : Attachments (2). 6 posts by 2 authors.
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)
ANSEPT38/38 Impatiens inconspicua Benth. ex Wight & Arn. : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Date: 24th September 2015
Place: Chikamagalur, Karnataka
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.
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
Such a cuute impatiens
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
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
Is not my earlier suggestion of Impatiens inconspicua not correct ?
Yes, appears correct.