Impatiens fruticosa Lesch. ex DC., Prodr. 1: 687 1824. (syn: Balsamina fruticosa Leschen. ex Steud.);

Common name: Shrubby Balsam

India: Southern W. Ghats, margins of sholas at an altitude of 1000 m. Tamil Nadu and Kerala as per BSI Flora of India;

S-India as per Catalogue of Life;

Subshrubs. Leaves to 9 x 4 cm, ovate-elliptic, acute at apex, cuneate at base, glabrous or glabrescent, serrate, stipular glands at the base of the lamina; petiole to 3.5 cm. Sub-umbel axillary; peduncle to 5 cm; flowers white, 2.5 cm across; bracts slender, to 5 mm; sepals ovate, cuspidate. Fruit 1.5 cm, ellipsoid.

Flowering and fruiting: January-April
Southern Western Ghats
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

Location- Nilgiris, Dist. Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild

Plant Habit- Shrub

Height/Length-  4ft.

Altitude : 4000 ft. (Approx)

Impatiens fruticosa Lesch. ex DC. Photographed about 22 years ago on slide film.

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