Impatiens aadishankarii Bhaskar & Sringesh, Monogr. Impatiens W. Ghats: 118 (2012);


India (Karnataka) as per Catalogue of Life;


Annual herbs, erect, about 10-30 cm tall. stems reddish, faintly terete, branched diffusely from the base, glabrous, usually with upright extra floral nectaries. Leaves opposite decussate, linear lanceolate-elliptic, about 4-6 x 0.7-1 cm across, base cuneate to truncate, margins subentire or distantly serrulate with few appendages, apex acute to shallow acuminate, midrib impressed above and prominent beneath, green very minutely glabrous above and glaucous beneath, petiole thick, reddish, about 2-5 mm long, exstipulate. Inflorescence resupinate, axillary, about 2-5 in upper leaf axils, in the upper parts of the plant. Flowers bisexual, zygomorphic, about 1.2-1.3 cm across, pedicel slender, reddish, densely minutely pubescent in 2 rows, about 1.5-2.5 cm long, bracts linear, persistent, about 3 mm long, sepals 3, imbricate, 2 lateral ones flat, small, lanceolate-ovate, scarlet red, apex apiculate, glabrous, about 5 mm long, posterior sepal (Lip) large, petaloid, obovate, cup shaped or shallow navicular, about 5 x 3.5-3 mm across, not spurred else minute, petals 5, free, scarlet red, upper standard petal, keeled or cucullate, orbicular-obcordate, entire or crested, bilobed, apex shallow emarginated, about 4 x 4 mm across, lateral ones (wings or alae), fused in pairs, basal lobes fin-like broader near the end, about 2-3 mm long, distal lobe largest, stipitate, dorsal auricle short, spiniform, pale yellowish, about 0.3 mm long. Stamens 5, alternating with petals, free or fused towards the apex, connate or sub-connate, somewhat like a ring surrounding the style and stigma, filaments broad and short, anthers bi-locular. Ovary 5 locular, superior, oblong-ovoid, ovules many, 1 seriate in each cell, style 1, very short or absent, stigma 5 celled, sessile. Fruit indehiscent, capsule, narrow fusiform or linear, loculicidally dehiscing by 5 valves, springing away elastically from axis, glabrous. Seeds 5-7, globose or oval, shining, dark brownish or blackish brown, albumen absent.

Evergreen forests of Kodachadri, altitude 800-1000 m.

(Attributions- Ganeshaiah, K. N., UAS, Bangalore, India. Kailash, B. R., ATREE, Bangalore, India. Royal Norwegian Embassy grants. Indian Bioresource Information Network (IBIN), Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, India as per India Biodiversity Portal);



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photographed at Nagodi village, Kodachadri ranges, shimoga district, Karnataka

… possibly species of Impatiens … beautiful colour, Shivaprakash ji.
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please find another four photos related to same species.

I think it is Impatiens oppositifolia  – leaves are opposite.

I also think this is Impatiens oppositifolia if this species is known to have pink and yellow flower both.

Impatiens for sure, but I have doubts for Impatiens oppositifolia.
Just with opposite leaves it cant be determined and secondly if the
taxa has pink or yellow flowers, I find the picture to have orange
flowers. Even leaves are too linear.

Impatiens aadishankarii Bhaskar & Sringesh




References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  Flora of peninsular India  India Biodiversity Portal

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