Leafless-Stem Balsam
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Leafless-Stem Balsam
ative Photo: Shrishail Kulloli
Common name: Leafless-Stem Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens scapiflora     Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)
Synonyms: Impatiens cordifolia

Leafless-Stem Balsam is a stemless herb. Leaves are up to 13 x 8 cm, ovate, blunt, heart-shaped at base, hairless. Leaf-stalks are 10-20 cm long. Flowering stem (leafless) is up to 35 cm long. Flowers are 4 cm across, confined towards the top. Bracts are 5-8 mm long, ovate, pointed. Flower-stalks are 4-5 cm long, lip ovate, obtuse, spur 4-5 cm long, hairless. Sepals are 4 x 3 mm, ovate, pointed, standard concave at base, obtuse at tip. Lobes of wings are nearly equal, oblong, blunt. Capsules are 1.2 cm long, ellipsoid, hairless, seeds glandular-hairy. Leafless-Stem Balsam is found in Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Shrishail Kulloli Photographed in Kerala & Karnataka.

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