Rheed's Balsam
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Rheed's Balsam
A Native Photo: Shrishail Kulloli
Common name: Rheed's Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens rheedii    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)

Rheed's Balsam is a rare annual, erect herb, with stems slender, flaccid. It has not been spotted since 1834, when it was first found. Leaves are opposite, oblong-lanceshaped, narrowed at base, pointed at tip, rounded toothed-sawtoothed along margins, 7.5-12.5 cm long, sparsely hairy. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, singly or in fascicles, pink or mauve with dark streaks; flower-stalks 2.5-4 cm long, deflexed in fruits. Lateral sepals are oblong or linear, falling off. Lip is concave, nearly equal to petals; spurs longer than flowers, subulate. Wings are oblong, clawed, entire or with minute basal lobes. Capsules are oblong, about 1.8 cm long. Rheed's Balsam is endemic to Western Ghats in Malabar at low elevations.

Identification credit: Shrishail Kulloli Photographed in Kerala.

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