Hatchet-Wing Balsam
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Hatchet-Wing Balsam
 Native Photo: Shrishail Kulloli
Common name: Hatchet-Wing Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens ligulata    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)

Hatchet-Wing Balsam is an erect herb, 1-2 ft tall, with branches slender, spreading. Flowers arise singly or in fascicles, pink or white; flower-stalks slender, about 3.5 cm long. Lateral sepals are linear-lanceshaped. Lip pouch-like, spur stout, about 2 cm long, wavy. Standard small, with a velvet-hairy line on dorsal side. Wings are 2-lobed; distal lobes slender; dorsal ear thread-like, descending into spur. Basal lobes are hatchet-shaped. Leaves are opposite, nearly stalkless, linear-lanceshaped, mucronate, sawtoothed, 7.5-10 cm long, bristly above; stipules bristly or absent. Capsules ellipsoid; seeds about 12, shining. Hatchet-Wing Balsam is endemic to Southern Western Ghats, found in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: Shrishail Kulloli Photographed in Kerala.

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