Baba Budan Balsam
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Baba Budan Balsam
P Native Photo: Shrishail Kulloli
Common name: Baba Budan Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens bababudenensis    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)

Baba Budan Balsam is an erect shrub, 1-2 m tall, stems branched. It is named for Baba Budan, a 16th-century Sufi, revered by both Muslims and Hindus. Flowers are borne singly, in two's or in fascicles, pink or purple; flower-stalks slender, often recurved in fruits, 2-6 cm long. Lateral sepals are small or minute, ovate, cuspidate. Lip is boat-shaped, concave, tapering; spur 1.2-2 cm long, slender, straight or incurved. Standard is larger than wings, bilobed. Wings are bilobed; basal lobes shorter than distal ones. Leaves are alternate, nearly opposite or whorled, often crowded at ends of branches, ovate-lanceshaped, tapering or caudate-tapering at tip, rounded toothed-sawtoothed along margins, 5-12 x 2-2.5 cm, membranous, glandular on lower half and leaf-stalk; nerves 7-10 pairs; leaf-stalks 2-10 cm long. Capsules are ellipsoid, 1.8-2.5 cm long; seeds obovoid, rugose or papillose. Baba Budan Balsam is endemic to Southern Western Ghats, found up to 2400 m, in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Flowering: May-December.

Identification credit: Shrishail Kulloli Photographed in Kerala.

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