Garden Balsam is most common Balsam grown as a
garden plant in India. It is an annual plant growing up to 20-75 cm
tall, with a thick, but soft stem. The leaves are spirally-arranged,
2.5-9 cm long and 1-2.5 cm broad, with a deeply toothed margin. The
flowers are pink, red, mauve, lilac, or white, and 2.5-5 cm diameter.
They are pollinated by bees and other insects, and also by
nectar-feeding birds. Flower-stalks are up to 1-5 cm long. Lateral
sepals are about 2-3 mm long, ovate, sparsely ciliate, lower sepal
conical, spur 1-2 cm long, curved inwards. The ripe seed capsules
explode when touched, inspiring the genus name Impatiens. Garden
Balsam is native to Western Ghats India and SE Asia.
Identification credit: Tabish
Photographed in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra & Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh.
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