Indian Angel Balsam   
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Indian Angel Balsam
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Indian Angel Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens latiflora    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)

Indian Angel Balsam is a perennial herb that grows to about 1.5 ft tall and wide. Its big, lush leaves get 4-6 inches long. They are elliptic to elliptic-lanceshaped, toothed, long-pointed. They are hairless, except on the nerves beneath. Leaves are sometime narrowly lanceshaped. Flowers are borne in a 2-3-flowered clusters carried on stout, erect, 2-2.5 cm long stalk. Flowers are large, 1-2 inches across, pale rose or violet, carried on stout stalks. Sepals are pointed. Lateral lobes of wings are obovate. Terminal lobes of the wings are semi-ovate pointed. Upper petals is round, winged at the back.Lip is boat-shaped, and the spur slender, 1-2.5 inches long, pointed, curved inward. Indian Angel Balsam is found in the subtropical Himalayas, West Bengal, Khasia mountains, Sikkim and Bhutan, at altitudes of 1000-1500 m. It is now cultivated in Europe and America as a garden plant.

Photographed in Kalimpong, West Bengal.
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