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Balsaminaceae
Impatiens ¿ species ?
Place, Altitude: Valley of Flowers … about 11000 – 12000 ft
Date, Time: 02 AUG 12 … 08:53am
Habitat: sloping meadow
Habit: erect herb about 70 – 80 cm high, flower about 2.5 – 3 cm long, about 1.5 – 2 cm across
? Impatiens edgeworthii


Not Impatiens devendrae in which the spur is very different.


Not also I. edgeworthii in which upper part of corolla is yellow and capsules somewhat erect not pendent. Not yet sure about ID


Our mystery white Impatiens again…


I am of the naive feeling that it may be unexplored species.

If I am not mistaken this one is pending for ID with Flowers of India since 6 years; … has the feeling that it could be a new species.


Yes … With more than 200 species reported from India, I think a lot of digging is needed, but then for this and other interesting species we will have to take multiple photographs from different angles, lower and upper leaves on stem pictures and pictures of fruit, and then make a few herbarium specimens, if we are sure it is a new species. I have a feeling this may even be true for Geranium, which has lesser species in India but with interesting variation.


We need to dig in only little more than one hundred 🙂 – Balsaminaceae flora is poor in regions to the north and west of Hiamlayan range and till now no one species from Western Ghats was found in Himalayas and vice versa…


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VoF Week :: DV :: 01 AUG 12 – 0104 :: Impatiens ¿ edgeworthii ? along Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail: 1 AUG 12
Govind Ghat Ghangaria trail about 8000 ft

Habitat: forest path on mountain slope
Habit: herb, about 50 – 70 cm high; flower about 2.5 – 3 cm across


Nice catch! Not I. edgeworthii. No idea right now!


I hope we will have to revisit all Impatiens and Pedicularis uploads after this episode ends. Right now there is barely time to go through them briefly and comment on only which you are sure about. Thanks to the shower of uploads by …


We had seen this flower way back in 2006 in the Valley of Flowers, and had been lying unidentified till now.
Now it has been identified as Impatiens meeboldii
http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Meebold%27s%20Balsam.html
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=5&taxon_id=250071529
All the aspects of Impatiens meeboldii which I could find, agree with our pictures, including nodding club-shaped seed-pods, pinkish white flowers, and the nearly straight spur.


Thanks, …, for finally identifying it.
I think similar other plants are also lying unidentified from other posters.
They may pl. check it & resurface them with correct Id.


If Vivekananthan et al are right, your plant is not I. meeboldii – in FoI I. meeboldii is described as species with very small flowers and also much shorter.
I still have no idea what it is however.
There were several similar pictures of white flowered Impatiens with less or more straight spur, all similar enough to be the same mysterious species.


Thanks once again … for forwarding the … message.
Thank you very much … for validating the ID.
Hoping this ID gets resolved.


 
 
 
 

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