Leschenault's Balsam
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Leschenault's Balsam
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Leschenault's balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens leschenaultii    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)
Synonyms: Balsamina leschenaultii

Leschenault's Balsam is a rare balsam found in the Nilgiri hills. Flowers are white with pinkish tinge. Upper sepals are ovate, long-pointed. Standard is 2-lobed spurred at the back, wings 2-lobed, lib boat-shaped. Spur is slender, incurved. The plant is almost shrubby, with stalked elliptic leaves arranged opposite and alternate, recurved. Leaves base is narrow, tip long-pointed and margin toothed.

Identification credit: Derick Pitman, Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Old Ooty, Tamil Nadu.

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