Hanging Balsam
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Hanging Balsam
A Native Herb ovate Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Hanging Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens pendula    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)

Hanging Balsam is an erect flaccid herb, 10-15 cm high, branches with a line of velvety hairs. Leaves are alternate, 6-12 mm long, ovate, elliptic-ovate or somewhat heart-shaped at base, pointed at tip, sawtoothed, sparsely hairy above, hairless below; leaf-stalks short. Flowers are borne singly in leaf-axils, about 6 mm across. Flower-stalks are longer than leaf-stalks, deflexed in fruits. Lip is concave; spur absent. Standard is spurred on dorsdal side. Capsules ellipsoid, 3 mm long, beaked, hairless; few-seeded. Hanging Balsam is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Bhaskar V. Photographed in Karnataka.

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