Rough-Leaved Spurless Balsam
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Rough-Leaved Spurless Balsam
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Rough-Leaved Spurless Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens scabriuscula    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)
Synonyms: Balsamina scabriuscula

Rough-Leaved Spurless Balsam is an erect herb, 20-40 cm high. Stems are white, branching from base, hairy. Leaves are alternately arranged, elliptic-lanceshaped, toothed at margin, 1.8-6 x 0.6-1.2 cm, sparsely hairy above, hairy on nerves on the underside. Leaf-stalks are about 3 mm long, sometimes glandular. Flower-stalks are up to 6 mm long, rough. Flowers are borne in leaf axils, solitary or in fascicles, pink or white with purplish tinge. Lateral sepals are linear-lanceshaped, minute, hairy. Lip is cymbiform, hairy, spur is absent. Standard is round, beaked, dorsally hairy. Wings are 2-lobed, basal lobe smaller than oblong-obovate distal lobe. Capsules are ellipsoid, mucronate, about 8 mm long, hairy, seeds globose, tubercled and brown. Rough-Leaved Spurless Balsam is found in Western Ghats. Flowering: August-January.

Identification credit: Bhaskar V. Photographed at Chikamagalur-Kemmangudi Road, Karnataka.

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