Club-Spur Balsam
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Club-Spur Balsam
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Club-Spur Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens clavicornu    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)

Club-Spur Balsam is a herb 10-20 cm tall, with rootstock tuberous. Leaves arise from the root, fleshy, circular or kidney-shaped heart-shaped, entire or obscurely toothed at margin, 2.5-8 cm across, nerves flabellate, leaf-stalks 2.5-8 cm long. Flowering stem is longer than leaves, up to 15 cm long, bracts ovate. Flower-stalks are slender, up to 2.5 cm long. Flowers are bore in racemes, about 1.2 cm across, pink. Lateral sepals are obliquely ovate. Spur is about 1 cm long, incurved, inflated at tip, like a club. Standard petal is broader than long. Wings have 3 nearly equal truncate retuse lobes. Capsules are ellipsoid, about 8 mm long, seeds minute, clothed with spiral hairs. Club-Spur Balsam is found in Western Ghats. Flowering: June-October.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in the Avalanchi range of the Southern Nilgiris

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