Stemless Balsam
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Stemless Balsam
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Stemless Balsam • Marathi: पाण तेरडा Pan terda, Lahan-Tirda
Botanical name: Impatiens acaulis     Family: Balsaminaceae (balsam family)

Stemless Balsam is a perennial herb commonly found gregariously growing on rock faces in the Western Ghats. Leaves vary in size and shape - oblong, base rounded, irregularly toothed. Beautiful pink flowers occur in racemes 3-10 cm long. There are four "petals" visible to the eye, but technically there are only 3 petals. The front one is short and insignificant. The two petals at the back are long and deeply 2-lobed. The flowers color varies from a delicate light pink to deep pink. The petals are white near the base. The usual balsam "spur" is slender, long and curved.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale Photographed in Lonavala, Maharashtra.

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