Green-Tail Balsam
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Green-Tail Balsam
P Native Photo: Shrishail Kulloli
Common name: Green-Tail Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens coelotropis    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)

Green-Tail Balsam is an undershrub, about 1 m tall, with ranches slender. Leaves are alternate, fleshy, ovate-lanceshaped, wedge-shaped, pointed or rounded at base, distantly sawtoothed at margin, pointed or short-tapering at tip, 5-12 x 2.5-5.5 cm. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, solitary or 2 together, about 2.7 cm across, scarlet. Flower-cluster-stalks are 1-3 cm long. Lateral sepals ovate-lanceshaped, hoodlike, keeled. Lip sac-like, about 1 cm across, bright green; spur tubular, upcurved and appressed to lip, 6-10 mm long. Standard is nearly round, hoodlike with a hollow keel. Wings are 2-lobed; basal lobe semiovate, larger than oblong-sickle shaped distal one. Capsules ellipsoid-spindle-shaped, about 1.5 cm long; seeds to 15, more or less kidney-shaped, compressed, papillose, pale brown. Green-Tail Balsam is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: August-November.

Identification credit: Shrishail Kulloli, A G Pandurangan, R Ramasubbu Photographed in Kerala.

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