Impatiens dasysperma Wight, Madras J. Lit. Sci. 5:7, t. 2. 1837;
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Impatiens dasysperma is similar to I. talbotii Hook.f. but differs in the presence of quadrangular stem, obovate standard petals and glabrous capsules as compared to circular stem, orbicular standard petals and tomentose capsules of the latter;
In I. talbotii, the capsule is tomentose. In Impatiens dasysperma capsules were glabrous;
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I. talbotii and I. pulcherrima do not occur in southern part of Western Ghats. 
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Please help me in identifying this plant found along roadside near montane forests. The leaf measures 8×4 cm. Flower measures c.2 cm across and the plant about 20cm in height.
Place: Valparai, TN
Date: 11 July 2012

Alt: c. 950 m ASL


I. dasysperma.


Yes, I agree with …, it is Impatiens dasysperma.


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Name: Impatiens dasysperma Wight
Location: Valparai, Tamilnadu
Alt.: c. 950 m asl

Photographed on 11 July 2012


Is the capsule in your specimen is glabrous? if so it should be I. dasysperma. In I. talbotii, the capsule is tomentose.


I remember the capsules were glabrous. Thanks a lot for the simple key to differentiate


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Balsam for ID : 230310-AK-3 :  2 images. 9 posts by 4 authors.

Date/Time : 21st of October, 2008
Location Place : Spice Garden, Munnar … Altitude : … GPS :
Habitat : Wild… Type :
Plant Habit : Herb … Height : small plant … Length :
Leaves Type : … Shape : as seen … Size :
Inflorescence Type : … Size :
Flowers Size : about 1 cm … Colour : pink … Calyx : … Bracts :
Fruits Type : … Shape : … Size : … Seeds :
Other Info :
Fragrance : did not check … Pollinator : … Uses :

Found these growing wild in Cardamom plantations at Munnar.


Is this plant Impatiens munnarensis? Experts please help…


I had earlier posted similar flower from Munnar which was identified as Impatiens pulcherrima.
Here is the discussion thread for the same…

You are right this Impatiens pulcherrima. That’s why I asked for help.


I. talbotti as per another thread.


This is Impatiens dasysperma, a common balsam of the Section: ‘Microsepalae’. I. talbotii and I. pulcherrima do not occur in southern part of Western Ghats. Good photos indeed.


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Pictures taken in a spice garden in Munnar during October, 2008.

Posted on our group earlier and identified by


I could locate two more pictures taken in the same place.

I hope they are helpful.


I have doubts… Please compare your photographs and photograph on FOI webpage – flowers on your plants have narrow petals.
In this paper Dessai J.R.N., Janarthanam M.K. 2011. The genus Impatiens (Balsaminaceae) in the northern and parts of central Western Ghats. Rheedea 21,1: 23-80.
there are descriptions and some pictures similar to your plants – maybe I. talbotii?

Hope … could help


I am fully supporting … for his keen and clear expert opinion on the identity.
I. pulcherrima has bigger flowers where as I. talbotti has smaller flowers.
The uploaded photographs are Impatiens talbotii

This herb is very similar to the one I have uploaded as I. dasysperma; is that name synonym for I. talbotii?


According to paper by Dessai & Janarthaman
Impatiens dasysperma is similar to I. talbotii Hook.f. but differs in the presence of quadrangular stem, obovate standard petals and glabrous capsules as compared to circular stem, orbicular standard petals and tomentose capsules of the latter.”

Unfortunately I am not familiar enough with Western Ghat balsams…


This is Impatiens dasysperma, a common balsam of the Section: ‘Microsepalae’. I. talbotii and I. pulcherrima do not occur in southern part of Western Ghats. Good photos indeed.


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Kemmangundi Road Karnataka
Date: 13 NOV 2016 … Altitude: ~ 1021 – 1369 m (3349 – 4491 ft) asl
Impatiens ¿ dasysperma / talbotii ? … (family: Balsaminaceae)

Dear friends,
I think this must be Impatiens dasysperma; please validate if the pictures afford relevant aspects for ID.
Seen on earlier day at Charmadi Ghat


This is Impatiens dasysperma.


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Impatiens species SN 21818 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Wild herb from jog falls area of Karnataka

Pl. check

Impatiens dasysperma Wight


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Impatiens dasysperma : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)

Impatiens dasysperma
Eravikulam WLS,
Munnar, Kerala, in the Nilgiris
First week of October 2018

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Impatiens Sp??191209PKA2 : 2 images. 7 posts by 4 authors.

This is Impatiens Sp. from Munnar.
Is it Impatiens pulcherrima?? Please validate..


http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Handsome%20Flowered%20Balsam.html


… IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT I TOO SUPPORT HIM THIS PLANT IS INDEED Impatiens pulcherrima [Balsaminaceae]


You may review your Id from Impatiens pulcherrima in view of discussions in another thread.


Impatiens dasysperma Wight



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