Impatiens scabriuscula B.Heyne, Fl. Ind. 2: 464 1824. (syn: Balsamina scabriuscula G.Don);

Erect herb, 20-40 cm high; Stems white, branching from base, hairy. Leaves alternate, elliptic-lanceolate, serrate at margin, 1.8-6 x 0.6-1.2 cm, sparsely hairy above, hairy on nearves beneath; petioles ca 3 mm long, sometimes glandular. Pedicels to 6 mm long, scabrid. Flowers axillary, solitary or in fascicles, pink or white with purplish tinge. Lateral sepals linear-lanceolate, minute, hairy. Lip cymbiform, hairy; spur absent. Standard orbicular, beaked, dorsally hairy. Wings 2-lobed; basal lobe smaller than oblong-obovate distal lobe. Capsules ellipsoid, mucronate, ca 8 mm long, villous; seeds globose, tubercled and brown.  

Flowering and fruiting: August-January 
Moist deciduous forests
Western Ghats (Endemic)

ANSEPT84 Please idetify this Impatiens sp. : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).

Chikamagalur-Kemmangudi Road
14th September 2014

This is typical Impatiens scabriuscula Heyne.

Impatiens sp. for ID plz.
Loc.: Kemmanugundi, Karnataka (ca 1000m)
Found growing in wild.

This balsam is Impatiens scabriuscula var. alba Bhaskar. If you want more details, pls refer my Book: ‘Taxonomic monograph on Impatiens L. of Western Ghats’ (March 2012).


ANSEPT83 Please idetify this Impatiens sp. : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6).

Chikamagalur-Kemmangudi Road
13th September 2014

This balsam is Impatiens scabriuscula Heyne of the Section Microsepalae and by its appearance it comes close to var. rosea Bhaskar. For details you may refer to my book on ‘Taxonomic Revision of Impatiens L. (Balsaminaceae) of Western Ghats’ (2012).

Impatiens species-10 for ID assistance :  2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Submitting images of an Impatiens spp. for Id assistance.
Date/time: 8-09-2014/ about 11-00 AM
Location: Bababudangiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1600msl
Habitat: Wild

Habit; Terrestrial herb

This is Impatiens scabriuscula sir. Also confirmed by …

TSPOCT2015-25: images of Impatiens scabriuscula shared. : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
It is my pleasure to share a few images of Impatiens scabriuscula (Balsaminaceae)
Habit: terrestial, herb
Habitat: Evergreen forest fringe
Sighting: Mullaianagiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1700 msl
Date: 08-09-2015
Impatiens scabriuscula (Balsaminaceae) commonly known as the Spur less Balsam as a herbaceous plant endemic to the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu occurring on the periphery of evergreen forests at high altitudes.

IUCN Threat Status: Vulnerable (VU B1 abiii)

Thanks … for sharing..!! Beautiful images, I think common name spur less is due to small size of spur comparatively.. I would like to hear more..

TSPOCT2015-27-Impatiens scabriuscula var alba: Images shared : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
It is my pleasure to share a few images of Impatiens scabriuscula (Balsaminaceae)… The flowers are rather white instead of the usual pink. Dr.V.Bhaskar says that he has collected this from the same locality, Bababudangiri, Chikmagalur and is a new variety, Impatiens scabriuscula var. alba 
Habit: Terrestial herb
Habitat: Evergreen forest fringe
Sighting: Bababudangiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka,a bout 1600 msl
Date: 26-09-2015
ID help: Dr.V.Bhaskar


Impatiens species for ID photographed below Bababudangiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka.

…, Kindly examine this link. I think the images uploaded match with those of I.scabriuscula var alba

Ref: efi thread

Impatiens scabriuscula var. alba Bhaskar

Clicked from below Baba Budangiri Peak Chkkmagaluru Karnataka on September 26, 2015.

Charmadi Ghat Karnataka
Date: 12 NOV 2016 … Altitude: explored between: 873 – 976 m (2863 – 3201 ft) asl
Impatiens ¿ scabriuscula ? … (family: Balsaminaceae)

Dear friends,
I strongly think posted plant to be Impatiens scabriuscula; please validate.
Erect herb, about 2 ft high, spur-less flowers about 1 cm across.

efi page with images on Impatiens scabriuscula 

Could be I.scabriuscula, but I don’t have … monograph to be sure.

Using Dessai and Janarthanam paper, this is only possibility.

Yes, looks like that.


Impatiens scabriuscula from Mullayangiri Road Karnataka: 2 images.

Impatiens scabriuscula 

Photographed from Mullayangiri Road, Chikmagaluru, Karnataka, 26-9-2015.


[EfloraIndia_050913PD01_ Flora of Odisha for ID] : Attachments (3). 7 posts by 3 authors.
i have collected this Impatiense from Mahendragiri hills, South Odisha from an altitude of 1200 m.
Please help me in identification.

It looks like spurless variety of Impatiens balsamina, but I am not sure because of its hairy lip.

Thanks … for the initiation. Is this Impatiens scabriuscula
Please conform

Further i went through the paper published in Rheedea on The genus Impatiens (Balsaminaceae) in the northern and parts of central Western Ghats by Jyosna R.N. Dessai and M.K. Janarthanam and it says

24. Spur present ……………………………………………… rosea and balsamina
24. Spur absent …………………………… I. scabriuscula
In my specimen spur is absent.
Hence can i say that this is
Impatiense scabriuscula

I can agree with …, however even S Odissa is opposite side of subcontinent, quite far from known distribution of I. scabriuscula.
Anyone with access to flora of Odissa?

Looks matching : BPI

But images seem to be quite hairy at Impatiens scabriuscula compared to almost glabrous here.

Yes, it is more of I. scabriuscula.




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