Horned Balsam
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Horned Balsam
A Native Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Horned Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens bicornuta    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)
Synonyms: Impatiens cristigera

Horned Balsam is usually a robust plant up to 2 ft tall, with pinkish-mauve flowers with an orange-yellow and purple-dotted throat, and with a broad cylindrical lower sepal abruptly narrowed to a slender curved spur about 8 mm. Flowers re up to 3 crn long. Wings have slender horn-like appendages, drawn out along the inner margin, and short rounded side-lobes; upper petal with a narrow point; bracts and sepals with long gland-tipped awns. Leaves are up to 20 cm, narrow elliptic coarsely and regularly rounded-toothed and with a tail-like tip. Horned Balsam is found in the forests and open slopes of the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Arunachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 2100-3000 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Wojciech Adamowski Photographed in Khati village, Uttarakhand.

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