Levinge Balsam
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Levinge Balsam
A Native Photo: Shrishail Kulloli
Common name: Levinge Balsam
Botanical name: Impatiens levingei    Family: Balsaminaceae (Balsam family)

Levinge Balsam is a small herb with stem very small or absent. It is named in honor of Henry Corbin Levinge (1828-1896) Irish botanist. Leaves are few, to 5 x 6 cm, broadly ovate, deeply heart-shaped at base, pointed at tip, distantly sawtoothed, hairless. Leaf-stalk is up to 11 cm long. Flowering stem is 15-18 cm long, 1-3-together. Flowers are few, white, confined towards the tip of the flowering stem. Flower-stalk is 1.5 cm long, thread-like, hairless. Bracts are 2 mm long, ovat; lip 4.5 x 3 mm, ovate, concave, pointed. Spur is 5 mm long, cylindrical, straight, hairless; wings 9 mm long, lobes blunt. Capsules are 6-8 mm long; seeds 1.2 x 0.6 mm, glandular-hairy, reddish brown. Levinge Balsam is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: August-November.

Identification credit: Shrishail Kulloli Photographed in Kerala.

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